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Identifying effective and cost-effective triage algorithms for cervical cancer screening and treatment

The effectiveness of triage algorithms for HPV-based cervical cancer screening programs warrants further research, especially in low- and middle-income countries where prevalence is relatively high and resources relatively scarce. With Ph.D. student Leticia Ibara Torres, for whom I serve as a primary thesis advisor, we are working to assess the performance of three strategies for the triage of hrHPV+ women: (1) liquid-based cytology (LBC), (2) HPV16/18 genotyping and (3) a sequential algorithm of HPV16/18 genotyping and reflex LBC, in the FRIDA Study in Ministry of Health in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Currently, we are preparing a manuscript on our findings to date, and have submitted an abstract to an international conference on cervical cancer to be held later in 2018.