Sunday February 23, 2020

CervicalCheck to introduce more accurate screening test

Introduction of HPV screening hit by delays from backlog of smear tests, but is now due to be rolled out on March 30

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

2nd February, 2020
Minister for Health Simon Harris has come under significant pressure over delays in introducing the HPV screening test.

CervicalCheck will introduce a new and more accurate way of screening for cervical cancer on March 30.

The HPV test, which screens for the HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer, is more accurate than the Pap smear test that is used to detect abnormalities at present.

International studies show that for every 1,000 women screened, 20 will have abnormal cells. The existing Pap test will detect 15. The new HPV test typically detects 18 of the 20.

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

With wealthy tourists from China among the highest spenders in stores like Brown Thomas, margins could be hit as global travel is disrupted by the virus

Aaron Rogan | 19 hours ago

Thousands could die in Ireland in worst case scenario, says health expert as ‘huge uncertainty’ surrounds the global spread of Covid-19

Susan Mitchell | 19 hours ago

Experts say the healthcare system would be stretched to breaking point if the disease were to arrive here

Susan Mitchell | 19 hours ago