In 2000 researchers divided 130,000 women ages 30 to 59 in India into four groups, three of these groups underwent screening for any signs or symptoms of (HPV) types 16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer.
There were three types of tests administered one group received HPV screening for different types of HPV human papillomavirus. Another group received a (Pap test) the third group received a visual cervical exam.
Women which researchers had chosen for the controlled groups were told to see their health care provider for full examinations at the start. If after testing for HPV infection any abnormal cells were found she would be given a full examination. If necessary the precancerous lesions were removed to prevent cervical cancer.
The scientists that followed the HPV screening over a period of 8 years stated that “screening is more sensitive to finding precancerous lesions than other HPV tests.” Results of the study showed that women that tested negative for HPV at the beginning of the study were cancer free at the end.
Pap test involves brushing of the cervix to find any abnormal precancerous cells, HPV tests will check for viral infections. HPV screening requires fewer visits to your health care provider; a Pap test requires a visit every two years.
At the end of the study 34 women that had HPV screenings died of cervical cancer, women that had Pap test had 54 deaths 56 of those that underwent visual exams died and 64 among the controlled group.
A Pap test is still the most widely used form of testing for HPV cervical cancer. Researchers agree the most effective approach to eradicating cervical cancer would be the two-tiered approach, which would include vaccinating young women with (Gardasil) and HPV screening women over 30.
Thousands of women die in the United States each year from cervical cancer HPV screening can help prevent these needless deaths.
HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the world with over 20 million reported cases in the United States alone with 6 million newly reported cases per year. One out of 5 sexually active men and women will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
If you think that you may have been exposed to HPV contact your health care provider immediately for an appointment. There are a number of treatments that your health care provider can recommend to control your outbreaks. You may also ask them about an all natural treatment, which can also control outbreaks.
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