By Tim Locke
WebMD Health News
13th January 2011 – HPV testing is to be included in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme from April.
The NHS hopes it means screening can be better targeted and the number of unnecessary procedures will be reduced.
HPV testing will be used for ‘HPV triage’ of women with borderline or low grade cervical abnormalities following successful trials of the system.
In a statement, Professor Julietta Patnick, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, says: “By incorporating HPV testing into our current screening programme in this way, we will be able to significantly reduce the number of repeat cytology tests required and to target our colposcopy services more effectively. This is an important development in our programme enabling us to screen women more effectively and efficiently, reducing unnecessary procedures and minimising any associated anxiety.”
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