Application of new DNA tests, which searches for the virus is responsible for most cases of cervical cancers, is useful for all women aged 30 years and older, as they can prevent more cases of cancer than taking the smear for the Papanikolau test, it’s said by the experts of University Medical Center in Amsterdam.
In most cases of infection with HPV, which is transmitted through sexual intercourse, the immune system successfully overcomes, but the persistent infection with of this virus types may lead to Cervical Cancer.
In a last few years the tests revealed that the "high risk" HPV types are launched on the market some of the pharmaceutical companies.
The Dutch team found out in a five years a study on 45 000 women aged 29 to 56 years, that these tests give better results than Papanikolaua because they lead to an early detection of precancerous lesions of the cervix.
Women with HPV are exposed to twice the risk of heart attack and stroke than those who don’t.
Results of the study team of the American scientists at the University of Texas showed that the HPV virus, which is one of the leading causes of sexually transmitted disease, also carries the risk of heart disease. Although long-term studies are needed to confirm this connection, scientists mention that the vaccination against HPV is an important prevention.
A vaccine against HPV protects against two types of this virus responsible for 70 percent of cases of cervical cancer. The analysis of medical information about 2,500 American women, aged between 20 and 59 years, shows that 44.6 percent of women had some kind of HPV, while 23 percent suffered from cancer as a consequence of of the virus.
However, it was found that the two virus types are responsible for the development of cancer were strongly connected with heart disease. The study, published in "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" has tried to explain why nearly 20 percent of those with whom they have developed heart disease did not show any of classical risk factors, such as high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.