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SHTAC is updating a Cochrane systematic review on cervical cancer prevention

Published: 6 June 2014

An update is in progress of the Cochrane review entitled ‘Interventions for encouraging sexual behaviours intended to prevent cervical cancer'.

The review assesses the effectiveness of behavioural interventions for young women (under 25 years) to encourage safer sexual behaviours to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections, notably human papillomavirus (HPV) a key risk factor for cervical cancer. A major update of this systematic review, first published in 1999, was published on the Cochrane Library in 2011. The review found that behavioural interventions can be effective, primarily at encouraging condom use. However, it recommended that future evaluations should include a greater focus on HPV and its link to cervical cancer, with long-term follow-up to assess impact on behaviour change, rates of HPV infection and progression to cervical cancer. SHTAC is currently producing a further update of this review as new relevant studies are thought to have been published recently. It is anticipated that the latest update will be completed and published towards the end of 2014.

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