Table 1

HPV and cytology results for the six groups included in the study

HPV resultCytology result
Group 1NegativeNot tested
Group 2PositiveNormal
Group 3PositiveAbnormal
Group 4*Persistent positive at 12 monthsNormal
Group 5*Negative at 12 monthsNone
Group 6 (control)NoneNormal
  • *Women in groups 4 and 5 will all have tested HPV positive with normal cytology at their first screen and will be recruited to the study after their 12-month follow-up test.

  • HPV, human papillomavirus.