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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why has the cervical screening process changed?

    I went to the doctor to get screened for cervical cancer and they told me it has changed? Why is that?
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    A/Prof Amar Trivedi

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound Specialist

    The previous glass slide based pap-smear had some limitations, such as low sensitivity, blood obscuring the smear, problems with fixation especially if delayed. Only 20% of cells transferred from the cervical broom to the glass slide. The new cervical screening system has following advantages: -higher sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value. -allows for the identification of high-risk HPV strains. -The incidence of false negatives will be lower. -A negative HPV test has a very high negative predictive value, which allows for a 5-year screening interval. -The screening will also start at 25 years of age in the new system.

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