In Jan 2016, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published Practice Bulletin 157, that supports HPV Primary Screening as an alternative to current cytology-based cancer screening methods in women 25 and older. The ACOG bulletin reinforces the interim guidance issued in 2015 by SGO and ASCCP.
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), with input from representatives of five other US national medical organizations (ACOG, ACS, ASCP, ASC, CAP) issued an Interim Guidance Report after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the cobas® HPV Test as a primary, or first, test performed for cervical cancer screening. This new guidance is in addition to the existing 2012 guidelines and specifically addresses the implementation of HPV testing in primary screening.
The guidance recommends: