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  •  Do they test for HPV before they vaccinate (2+ / 0-)
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    smileycreek, SkepticalRaptor

    with older people?

    I know a young woman who is 22, I know she has been sexually active. I assume they can test for HPV?

    •  Yes, there is a new test (0+ / 0-)

      Just a few months ago, Roche diagnostics got FDA approval for a diagnostic test for HPV. It tests for HPV 16 and 18 which are most implicated in cervical cancer.

      So, if she hasn't been infected by HPV, she ought to be running to her doctor right now and getting all three injections.

      I hope that helps.

      Skepticism is evaluating the quality and quantity of evidence to reach a conclusion. It is not gathering evidence to support a closed minded conclusion.

      by SkepticalRaptor on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 01:48:23 PM PDT

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