Self-sampling HPV testing versus mainstream cervical screening and HPV testing

Annabelle Farnsworth
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (5): 171. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00017

A comprehensive review of Australia’s National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), the Renewal, has been undertaken over the past few years.1 This review recommended a number of changes, including that human papillomavirus (HPV) testing replace conventional cytology (ie, Pap tests) as the primary screening test, with 5-yearly screening commencing at age 25. The proposals have been endorsed by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).2

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  • Annabelle Farnsworth1,2

  • 1 Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Sydney University of Notre Dame, Sydney, NSW


Competing interests:

I am the medical director of Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology.


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