Letters Screening for HPV

More education is needed before we burden women with their HPV status

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1443 (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1443
  1. Emma Damon Butterfield, foundation year 2 doctor1
  1. 1Heart of England Foundation Trust, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK
  1. emma.d.butterfield{at}gmail.com

Elfström and colleagues do not discuss the ethics of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, which will become a more contentious problem as more women are screened for HPV.1

We encourage patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections to tell their sexual partners. It is mandatory for patients to inform their partners of potentially life threatening infections like HIV: if the patient …

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