Human papillomavirus classified as carcinogenic

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:70

World experts have formally classified human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 as carcinogenic to humans in an effort to encourage governments to support the development of cervical cancer screening programmes that check for the virus.

Specialists from 17 countries at a recent meeting organised by the World Health Organisation and the European Research Organisation on Genital Infection and Neoplasia also agreed that human papillomavirus types 31 and 33 are “probably carcinogenic” and other types are “possibly carcinogenic.”

Medical oncologist with the WHO and secretary of the meeting Dr Valentine Koroltchouk said: …

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