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New Zealand change to HPV testing

The three-yearly primary cervical screening test is set to change to screening for human papillomavirus (HPV) every five years.

NZ Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced the changes today and said they were expected to reduce the number of annual cervical cancer deaths. He said from 2018, the test would change from analysing cells to detect changes that could indicate an increased risk of developing cervical cancer, to screening for HPV - the virus which causes more than 90 per cent of cervical cancers.