Positive HPV screening tests are creating patient panic

Too many women still confused over implications of test results

Many women receiving a positive HPV screening test result are worried that it means they have cervical cancer, researchers have found. 


A survey of 1000 Australian women — the first in the world to look at the psychosocial impact of primary HPV screening — has found surprisingly high levels of anxiety and distress arising from positive results.

“A high proportion, 29%, of women who reported testing HPV positive, incorrectly interpreted their cervical screening test results to mean that they have or are likely