College of American Pathologists

  HPV Vaccine—Pap Testing
  and HPV Testing


Updated February 5, 2008

On June 8, 2006, the Federal Drug Administration approved a new vaccine to protect women from HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer. While the announcement is good news for the public, it is most effective if given before a person is sexually active. In addition, even vaccinated women will still need to have a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer, as the vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV. Pathologists, physicians who study tissues and cells to identify cervical cancer and other diseases, recommend that the Pap test is still the most effective tool to detect cervical cancer.

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