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Hologic Human Papillomavirus (HPV) High-Risk Test Approved for Use in The Netherlands Population Cervical Screening Programme
Date:7/18/2012

BEDFORD, Mass., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hologic, Inc. (Hologic or the Company) (Nasdaq: HOLX), a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostics products, medical imaging systems and surgical products dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of women, announced today that the NVVP (Netherlands Society for Pathology) has approved the use of the Hologic Cervista HPV HR test for detecting human papillomavirus in the Dutch national cervical screening programme.[i]

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and is recognized as the cause of most cervical cancers. To help prevent the onset of disease, the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in The Netherlands) suggests routine Pap testing and HPV HR triage for ASCUS/LSIL testing for women over the age of 30 to identify women most likely to develop cervical cancer.[ii]

"We are extremely excited to enter the Netherlands Cervical Screening Programme with our Hologic Cervista HPV HR test for detecting HPV," said Rohan Hastie, Ph.D., Hologic Vice President & General Manager of Diagnostics. "The Cervista HPV HR test includes an internal control intended to verify adequate cellularity for testing, thus reducing the potential for false negative results," Dr. Hastie added. "Because it requires a smaller specimen volume, this test may minimize inconclusive or indeterminate results, which may lead to fewer patients being called back for repeat testing. More importantly, the test is designed to minimize false positive results due to a low-risk HPV strain being mistakenly recognized as a high-risk HPV strain, thereby potentially reducing unnecessary clinical management and patient anxiet
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