HPV primary screening
Testing for HPV as the initial method of screening for cervical cancer (HPV primary screening) has been shown to be effective. In a rural setting it was demonstrated that a single round of HPV testing was associated with a significant decline in the rate of advanced cervical cancers, as compared with cytology, visual inspection or an unscreened control group.
As part of our cervical smear testing, we will test you for HPV and additionally will be able to inform you as to what kind (subtype) of HVP you have. With this information, we will be able to give you a recommendation on how often a smear test will be needed and assess your risk of cervical cancer and genital warts.