HPV Test May be Better Predictor of Cervical Cancer Than Pap Smear


August 24, 2011

USA Today

A test that detects the two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) that are most likely to raise the risk of invasive cervical cancer, when combined with the Pap test, may be more accurate for many women than the Pap test alone, a new study indicates.

And, for those women who are HPV-positive, using the HPV test alone appears to be enough, said study author Philip Castle, a researcher at the American Society for Clinical Pathology Institute in Washington, D.C.

For the women who were HPV-positive, he said, "we didn't need the Pap. We could have used the HPV alone and gotten the same results." Read More