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What GPs need to know about the introduction of primary HPV testing in cervical screening

Last year, after reviewing the evidence, the UK NSC recommended that the HPV test should replace cytology as the first (primary) test in cervical screening.

This will be a major change for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

Nurses and doctors carry out cervical screening in primary care. So it’s important that those of us working in primary care understand the reasons for the change and the implications of it.