November 18, 2020 4:40:17 pm
AIIMS is developing an indigenous portable colposcope-cum-thermal ablator named Cerva for the treatment of cervical cancer patients. The new technique of thermal ablation permits screening in a single visit approach in suitable cases, in a simple 30-40 second-outpatient procedure.
The existing strategy of cervical cancer screening is Pap smear, which requires elaborate laboratory infrastructure and trained manpower, with low sensitivity that necessitates repeated testing 3-yearly.
With the emergence of HPV tests as the best method of testing, attention is now on the development of point-of-care HPV tests for immediate results.
HPV testing also has the advantage that a self-collected vaginal sample can be comparable to a physician-collected one.
This is useful for women in remote areas, or women who are hesitant and embarrassed to see a provider, but especially useful during the pandemic and beyond to avoid crowding in clinics or camps, experts say.
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