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Newsline MMR+V HPV cotest affects screening cuts febrile- WHEN USING Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) tests Among 950 providers who gave Pap tests and recommended the seizure risk together to screen women for cer- vical cancer, clinicians are more HPV test for screening or manage- ment, 31.8% said they would con- ADMINISTERING the combi- likely to test the patient more fre- duct the next Pap test in three years nation vaccine for measles, mumps, quently than national guidelines for a 35-year-old woman with rubella (MMR) and chickenpox recommend. three normal results. However, (varicella, or V) rather than giving Investigators conducted a nation- only 19% would conduct the next the varicella shot separately on the wide survey of 1,212 primary-care Pap test in three years if a 35-year- same day may double the risk of physicians to explore whether the old woman had a normal test result febrile seizure in children. addition of HPV testing to routine and a negative HPV test ﬁnding. In a study to be published in screening for cervical cancer would A negative Most of the remaining respondents Pediatrics, researchers analyzed prompt the practitioners to extend HPV test said they would conduct the Pap health records from children aged screening intervals among women should test more frequently. 12 to 23 months getting their ﬁrst who are considered to have a low extend the “Recommended extension of dose of measles-containing vac- risk of developing precancer or cervical the screening interval to three cine. A twofold increased risk of cancer over the next three years cancer years is actually lower when HPV fever and febrile seizures seven (Arch Intern Med. 2010;170:977- screening cotesting is considered,” wrote to 10 days after vaccination was 986). The U.S. Preventive interval. the authors. “In addition, many noted compared with same-day Services Task Force (USPSTF) physicians reported overscreening administration of separate shots for
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