A new scientific study found that a simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could be a comparably accurate way of detecting human papillomavirus (HPV), which would lead more women to get screened for it [via Business Insider.
"The detection of HPV in urine is non-invasive, easily accessible and acceptable to women, and a test with these qualities could considerably increase uptake," researchers said of the study involving 1,443 sexually active women and led by Neha Pathak of the women's health research unit at Queen Mary University of London.
Up to 80 percent of sexually active women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives and many of those cases develop into cervical cancer, which kills nearly 266,000 women per year, according to the World Health Organization. Those numbers alone make the idea of less invasive screenings sound completely revolutionary and absolutely necessary.
Plus, the idea of never having to do another pap smear again in my life is a miracle I will cherish forever.