Monday 25 March, 2019

High-risk HPV testing coming to public health facilities

The training facilitators from Capris Medica take a group photo with the laboratory staff that completed the training. Photo courtesy: The Ministry of Health.

The training facilitators from Capris Medica take a group photo with the laboratory staff that completed the training. Photo courtesy: The Ministry of Health.

Women over 30 years of age will benefit from testing for high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV), as part of cervical cancer screening which will be offered for the first time at public health facilities across Trinidad and Tobago. 

The Health Ministry, in collaboration with the North West Regional Health Authority and the Population Services International-Caribbean (PSI-Caribbean), recently concluded training on the use of the careHPV testing machine with the healthcare personnel at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

Through the use of this technology, women will be screened for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - the main cause of cervical cancer.

The Ministry said this testing will ensure that women who are at higher risk for the disease are easily identified. This training will be rolled out throughout Trinidad and Tobago as the HPV testing technology is introduced at all the RHAs.

The cause of cervical cancer has been scientifically linked to HPV and tools like the HPV vaccine, HPV testing, and the Pap test are available for its prevention and control.

Trinidad and Tobago is among thirty-five countries which have adopted the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Plan of Action for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control 2018-2030 and this project is set to strengthen our cervical cancer plan of action. 

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