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HPV urine test 'should be used instead of cervical smear'

Women should have their urine tested instead of a cervical smear test to screen for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), an STD which can lead to cancer, experts have said.

Researchers from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry found urine tests had "good accuracy" when it came to detecting HPV.

Scientists hope adopting urine tests would boost HPV detection and save lives, as it is a less invasive and painful option than a cervical smear test.

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HPV urine test 'provides a simple method'

Changing the way women are tested for cervical cancer from a smear to a urine test "provides a simple method" all women can use, an expert in women's health has said.

Queen Mary University's Dr Neha Pathak told Good Morning Britain: "This provides a simple method - that they can just pee into a pot and send that off."

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