March 27, 2014

FDA: HPV Test Instead Of Pap Smear?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel has voted March 12, 2014 that a new HPV test could be used before or instead of a Pap smear as a first step in cervical cancer screening.  The unanimous vote signaled that the cobas HPV test, is a safe and effective initial screening test, according to the Medical Devices Advisory Committee.  The importance is that the HPV test is less complicated and less invasive than a Pap smear.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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