HPV testing guidelines

Abnormal Pap smear, from Hospital of Monfalcone, Italy
Many women are not aware of the HPV test. For a portion of the last decade, co-testing with Pap smears was recommended by many women health organizations, but doctors and patients were not really using it. Now it seems that was the right call as research is showing that cervical cancer cases are not being more readily identified with co-testing.

Guidelines were recently updated for both HPV testing and Pap smears, including reinforcing evidence for delaying the time between Paps to 3 years in women who were previously negative for neoplastic changes. Read about those updates.

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