Journal article

Routine cervical screening by primary HPV testing: early findings in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program

Dorothy A Machalek, Jennifer M Roberts, Suzanne M Garland, Julia Thurloe, Adele Richards, Ian Chambers, Terri Sivertsen, Annabelle Farnsworth

Medical Journal of Australia | WILEY | Published : 2019


OBJECTIVES: To report human papillomavirus (HPV) testing patterns and rates of oncogenic HPV-positivity for specimens submitted during the first 6 months after the National Cervical Screening Program switched from cytology- to primary HPV-based screening. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective cross-sectional review of 195 606 specimens submitted for HPV testing, 1 December 2017 - 31 May 2018. SETTING: Large community-based general pathology laboratory in metropolitan Sydney. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prevalence of oncogenic HPV types (all, HPV16/18, non-HPV16/18) by reason for HPV test (primary screening, non-screening); for oncogenic HPV-positive women in the age band recommended for primary HPV..

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Awarded by Commonwealth Department of Health HPV Surveillance Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

This investigation was supported by the Commonwealth Department of Health HPV Surveillance Fund (activity number, 4-8FG4IWY). The funders had no role in study design, data collection, analyses, and interpretation of data, writing of the report, or in the decision to submit the article for publication.