Home HPV Testing – A New Tool for Cervical Cancer Screening

Patricia Salber

Posted 11/2/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

There are an increasing number of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies that allow individuals to test for different diseases (e.g., HIV) or monitor chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hyperlipidemia).  Now home testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has been added to the mix.  The reason why this is important is that a recent large randomized trial has shown that home-based sampling for HPV is three times as sensitive as conventional Pap smears in detecting advanced HPV-related lesions or cancer.  For invasive cancer, the home HPV sampling was more than four times as sensitive as cytology.

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Can I Get Cancer from Oral Sex?

Note from Brian: Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York sent me this image and asked whether I would run it. It’s an important (if unwelcome) message for young men across the country and around the world. But facts are facts. If you’re work allows you to reach this group, please feel free to reprint. The embedded HTML code is at the bottom. Thanks.

Can I Get Cancer From Oral Sex?
Source: Mount Sinai Medical Center