HPV testing can add awkward edge to Pap smear

10/6/2004 | American Medical News (subscription required)

As HPV testing becomes incorporated into cervical cancer screening, health care providers are finding themselves in an awkward position of having to communicate what it means. Unlike simply being told one has an abnormal Pap smear, reactions are much different to the news that a person has a sexually transmitted disease, and experts are now calling for better patient education before a physician even orders a test.

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