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A 29-year-old female asked:

What does this mean high-risk hpv test detects thirteen high-risk types 16/18/31/33/35/39/45/51/52/56/58/59/68) without differentiation. ?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
HPV: It doesn't specify which of the 13 you may have been exposed to. Women with HPV 16 and 18 are much more inclined to develop cervical dysplasia (precancer) and cancer. You may want to ask if your physicians office offers a test more specific to types 16 and 18.
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Lawrenceville, GA
A 30-year-old female asked:

This test detects fourteen high-risk HPV types (16/18/31/33/35/39/45/ 51/52/56/58/59/66/68) without differentiation. What does this mean?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Just what it says: It means you have one or more of those 14 HPV types. Presumably this is on a pap smear result, right? Even with the high risk HPV types, the vast majority of infections do not progress to cancer. But better safe than sorry, so follow your doctor's advice about further evaluation (e.g. colposcopy?) and follow-up pap smears.
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Last updated May 2, 2019

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