A single algorithm is phasing out the Pap smear
from The Verge
But the FDA's new approval of HPV testing changes two distinct features of how the test is used and promoted: It permits the use of an algorithm that enables the HPV test to be used on its own, and allows Roche to market its HPV test directly to consumers. Combined, those factors could spell the end of the Pap smear as we know it — a move that opponents say adds unnecessary confusion to an already complicated screening process, and jeopardizes women's health.
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