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Cervical cytology testing of young HIV-positive women under 25 years of age: a regional review of current practice and opinion
  1. Sylvia M Bates,
  2. Olufunso Olarinde
  1. Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sylvia M. Bates, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK; sylvia.bates{at}nhs.net

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British HIV Association/British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BHIVA/BASHH) guidelines recommend annual cervical cytology for HIV-positive women but do not specify the age at which screening should start, although they do recognise that there may be a role for surveillance in women younger than 25 years.1 The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) recommends screening of the general population from 25 years of age—a policy introduced in 2004.2 Prior to this, all women were offered screening from the age of 20. Current NCSP guidance suggests …

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