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Human Papilloma Virus

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will commission research into the effectiveness of implementing human papilloma virus testing as a follow-up test for women with borderline and abnormal smear test results and following treatment for cervical abnormalities; and if he will make a statement; (263847)

(2) if he will increase (a) the amount of funding available for the human papilloma virus sentinel sites implementation project and (b) the number of areas in which triage testing will be made available.

Work on the implementation phase of human papilloma virus (HPV) triage for women with borderline and low-grade abnormalities using HPV testing has begun in six sentinel sites. Decisions on expenditure, further roll-out and evaluation will be made once the results from these sites are known at the end of December 2009.