A member asked:

According to the cdc, the hpv types that cause warts are not the same as the hpv types that cause cancer. so is there a test to see if someone has the cancer causing types? particularly in the anus.

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Romeo Mandanas answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

HPV DNA & RNA Tests: There are (geno)types of Human Papilloma Viruses that are either low risk or high risk (type 16 & 18) for causing cancer. HPV DNA or RNA tests can distinguish the type of virus and infections before cell abnormalities are detected. However the FDA approves these tests only for women with abnormal PAP test result or for cervical cancer screening among women over 30. Check this site: www.cancer.gov.

Answered 1/27/2017


Dr. Darrin Cunningham answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yes: ask your doctor to take swab and run an HPV test

Answered 2/25/2015



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