HPV Tests May Replace Most Pap Smears

Pap smears could be a thing of the past — at least for some patients.

An update to the official recommendations for cervical cancer screening now includes the option to get only a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test—one that looks for a virus rather than for abnormal cells.  Screening recommendations have already been decreased from every year to every 3-5 years because of better understanding of the virus that leads to 99% of cervical cancers.

Take a look at the newest recommendations, according to the ‘Popular Science’ website.

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