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Persistence of HPV increases risk of cervical cancer

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:69
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Women in whom the human papillomavirus persists for several months have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer than those women who quickly clear the infection, researchers have claimed. Their findings could have implications for cervical cancer screening and for research into a vaccine against the viral strains behind the disease, they have said.

    Immediately after the onset of sexual activity, rates of human papillomavirus are very high as women become infected. In most women, the immune system will quickly clear the infection, but in a minority the infection persists.

    The new study found that women were more likely to show cervical abnormalities called squamous intraepithelial …

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