The Sibiu County Emergency Clinical Hospital no longer has funds for free HPV virus screening

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The Babeş-Papanicolaou test and, respectively, the exam that detects the presence of the HPV virus were carried out, free of charge, for women in Sibiu county, through cervical cell material collection centers, regardless of their insured status.

According to sources from the Sibiu County Emergency Clinical Hospital, the funds for the National Program on the early detection of cervical cancer, free of charge, ran out at the end of last year, as far as the HPV virus testing is concerned, but it can continue for the testing Babeş-Papanicolaou, at an affordable cost of 40 lei, for the women included in the sample. At the same time, it is not known, for now, whether the financing of the Program will be resumed during the year 2024.

However, the Ministry of Health, through the National Institute of Public Health, launched, in January 2024, an information, education and awareness campaign regarding the importance of prevention through vaccination, early diagnosis through screening and early treatment of cervical cancer, pathology with a major negative impact on the Romanian population, with an emphasis on the vaccination of the population of girls up to 15 years of age and less on the testing of adult women.

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And, by MS Order no. 3,120, from September 12, 2023, the population categories that benefit from HPV vaccination were expanded: free vaccination of girls and boys aged ≥ 11 years and < 19 years, as well as 50% compensation in the case of women aged ≥ 19 years and ≤ 45 years.

According to the data of the European Cancer Information System (ECIS) of the Joint Research Center, in 2022, Romania continues to register the highest incidence (32.6 /‰00 women, 5 times more than in Finland – 6, 4/‰00 women) and mortality from cervical cancer in the European Union (16.8/‰00 women, 8 times more than Finland – 2.2/‰00 women).


The article is in Romanian

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