We now know that long term infection with certain types of HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. The Compass Trial is comparing HPV testing to the Pap smear for cervical cancer screening.

Overseas research has shown that a test for these HPV types is, in fact, a better cervical cancer screening test than the Pap smear.

How you can support cervical cancer research

If you would like to support cervical cancer research, please register your interest in participating in this trial. The current recruitment focus is women aged 25-38 years in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

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Thank you for your participation in the Compass trial. Your support of the trial is providing important monitoring and quality information for the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.

The Compass trial seeks to confirm with research evidence the modelled performance of HPV testing compared with cytology testing. This remains important and among vaccinated women is the first trial in the world undertaking this comparison.

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