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.

Thank you for supporting cervical cancer research through your participation in the Compass Trial.

You are one of over 76,000 Australian women helping improve cervical cancer prevention.

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Practitioners

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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