One hypothesis goes that electric toasters became popular because something had to be done with electricity. So it may go with some vaccines.  Roche has set up a co -marketing agreement with private laboratory Unilabs-IHS to support greater access to HPV testing throughout the UK. 

 Roche's cobas(R) HPV test will provide a fast turn-around of cervical smear samples from potentially thousands of women per year, sent to the London based laboratory from clinicians from all over the country. The testing at Unilabs-IHS, will not only be conducted as a follow up to the traditional "Pap" cervical smear method to check ambiguous results, it will also be used upon request in primary screening for cervical pre cancer, giving a greater chance to avoid disease progression. 

 The cobas HPV test has unique genotyping that individually identifies genotypes 16 and 18, the highest risk types associated with the development of cervical cancer and its precursor lesions, while simultaneously identifying 12 other high risk HPV types. Such technology provides better risk stratification of patients enabling a more sensitive and efficient approach to cervical screening.  More HPV means a better case for getting the British NHS to spend more on HPV vaccines, including for boys and young girls.

 Dr. Glen Dixon, Medical Director of Cytopathology at Unilabs-IHS from Unilabs-IHS said "We are delighted to have come to this agreement with Roche. Using the cobas HPV test on the cobas 4800 platform for our HPV testing work load, means that clinicians will not only have the fastest ever turnaround times, but will also have enhanced and incontrovertible HPV results, with no need to re-test - and all at no extra cost." 

 Paul Eros, Director of Molecular Diagnostics at Roche said, "HPV testing provides earlier identification of those women at risk of developing cervical cancer. The agreement that we have struck with Unilabs-IHS for cervical screening with the cobas HPV test, is a significant step forward towards spreading access to HPV testing at the primary screening stage. Given the clear benefits of this technology to patients as well as the NHS, we look forward to seeing the technology's timely introduction at the primary screening stage, across the country via the national cervical screening programme - promising a better deal for women and a more efficient approach to cervical screening."