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HPV screening for cervical cancer – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 20th, 2017.

An Australian study has found that human papillomavirus (HPV) testing detects a higher number of precancerous cervical lesions than traditional Pap smears. Many countries are considering switching from the classic Pap smear to HPV testing for cervical cancer screening. From 2018, New Zealand’s National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) will change the first step in the screening […]

HPV vaccine now funded for boys – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 31st, 2017.

As students head back to school this week, boys, as well as girls, will have funded access to the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The rollout follows Pharmac’s decision last year to extend the vaccine programme. Though Gardasil is commonly known to protect against cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV) also causes other cancers in both men and women. […]

Otago scientists make cervical cancer discovery – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 7th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Otago have made new gains in learning about one of the main viruses that causes cervical cancer and say their findings could lead to new therapies. The team, led by Associate Professor Merilyn Hibma, found a protein called E7 could play a key role in suppressing the body’s immune response […]

Changes to cervical cancer screening – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 14th, 2016.

From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. The Ministry of Health announced the change today, with clinical director of the National Screening Unit Dr Jane O’Hallahan saying the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 90 […]

Wider access and protection with HPV vaccine funding – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on July 28th, 2016.

Pharmac will extend funding for HPV vaccine Gardasil to also cover boys and will change the vaccine type to cover more varieties of HPV. Following public consultation, Pharmac announced several changes to the vaccination schedule, including funding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys. HPV can cause several types of cancer, including cervical and throat […]

Coroner inquest and HPV vaccine – expert reponds

John Kerr posted in on August 9th, 2012.

Claims relating to vaccine safety are back in the media spotlight as an inquest into the unexplained death of teenager Jasmine Renata in 2009 continues.  The family has told the coroner they believe the death is linked to the Gardasil vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) that Ms Renata received six months earlier, and today […]

Men act as reservoir for HPV

Peter Griffin posted in on March 1st, 2011.

Research published today in The Lancet shows that about half of the general population in the US, Brazil and Mexico are infected with the HPV virus, and that every year, 6% of men with be infected with HPV 16, the virus which causes cervical and other cancer in women (and men). Other cancers caused by […]

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NZ Herald: Whistleblower calls it a day

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about Professor Ron Jones, the whistleblower whose 1984 article eventually led to the Cartwright Inquiry. Professor Jones has been an active campaigner against the view that the Cartwright Inquiry’s findings were incorrect, and his influence has been important in New Zealand’s adoption of cervical screening. An excerpt: […]

Media coverage: the Unfortunate Experiment

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

The controversial “unfortunate experiment” conducted by Dr Herbert Green has been found to have caused the deaths of 8 cervical cancer patients. The experiment, which took place between 1965 and 1974, delayed or withheld the treatment of 127 women who had been diagnosed with cervical cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion. The aim was to try […]

Manawatu Standard: The best shot at protection

Peter Griffin posted in on April 29th, 2010.

Janine Rankin writes in the Manawatu Standard about the gardasil vaccine, which health experts are urging young women to use to protect themselves from infection by the HPV virus. The virus is known to cause cervical cancer in some women, and some experts are hailing the vaccine as a ‘major breakthrough’, although it has become […]

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