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Ten-year cervical screening intervals an option for some women, researchers say

Some women may be able to go as much as 10 years between cervical screening appointments, according to the results of a key government-funded trial on HPV testing.

The long-term study of 24,500 women attending routine screening appointments in Manchester found that women aged over 40 who have a negative HPV test do not need to be screened for another decade.

In a Health Technology Assessment which will feed into the National Screening Committee’s recommendations, researchers said there is also evidence that younger women with a negative HPV test could go longer than the current three years between screening intervals.