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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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Where can I have an HPV test done?

Where can I have an HPV test done?

Your local GYN: You can go to your local gynecologist, family practictioner, or even internist if they perform pap smears. They can counsel you and do the test. It is quick and painless. ...Read more

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Is a negative oral hpv test accurate?

Tests, tests: All tests have their limitations. First there is the data collection. Did the doc swab you well? Then was the swab transported to the lab correctly? Then how sensitive was the test? There are many different serotypes of HPV. If you are 28 now hopefully you got 3 Guardasil shots as a teen and are protected. Call your pediatrician and ask his/her nurse if you did? ...Read more

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Which types of HPV does the HPV test check you for?

Which types of HPV does the HPV test check you for?

High risk types.: There are more than 100 strains of hpv. Of these, some are more strongly associated with progression to cancer than others. Hpv dna testing performed on anogenital samples like pap smears looks for the most common types of these "high risk" viral strains. The most widely used hpv dna test is called hybrid capture 2. This method detects the 13 most commonly encountered high risk viral types. ...Read more

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Why would I have one HPV test be positive, and the next negative?

Why would I have one HPV test be positive, and the next negative?

Couple of ways...: Possible for an hpv test to be positive in a patient with a later test being negative. A couple of explanations: 1. Variability in sampling: if the first test collected cells from a warty / infected area and the second test did not sample the warty area, the tests could both be "correct". Tests are only as good as samples. 2. Patient's immune response may have also have cleared the infection. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for me to take a second HPV test just two months after?

Would it be healthy for me to take a second HPV test just two months after?

Why ?: If your concern is a serum test for antibodies, the result may change after 2 months if related to a specific exposure, but the issue is over rated. In the pre-vaccine era as many as 70% of college age women were found to be serum positive. Most went on to live an uneventful life.A few were diagnosed early & treated for pre-cancer because they had their pap smears done as recommended ...Read more

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My partner said she has hpv, how long should I wait to get HPV test because someone said it doesn't show up right away?

My partner said she has hpv, how long should I wait to get HPV test because someone said it doesn't show up right away?

HPV : There is not a good overall test for hpv. It is thought that 96% of us have been exposed to an hpv strain by the time we are 26. It is very unlikely at 41 that you have not already been exposed to hpv. Do you have any history of any kind of warts? ...Read more

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Why can't I get a copy of my test results stating that I have HPV? My results. I'm 23 & to my knowledge I'm not supposed to have a HPV test until 30..

Why can't I get a copy of my test results stating that I have HPV? My results. I'm 23 & to my knowledge I'm not supposed to have a HPV test until 30..

Should have result: If a test was done, you have a right to know the result, and in most (all?) states to have a copy of the lab report. (Perhaps it is possible you signed a consent for care that states a different policy, but this seems unlikely.) It is true that HPV testing is generally not recommended at your age, but there's no law against it and many doctors and clinics do it commonly. ...Read more

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After a year and a half approx. did the HPV test again and it came back negative! Which means my body is cleared from it? Is that possible?I'm normal?

See below: HPV is a viral infection with more than 150 different strains or types. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females and HPV is most common STD. Most people have no signs or symptoms. Some develop genital warts and others may develop HPV-related cervical, penile, or throat cancer. The majority of HPV infections will spontaneously clear within 2 years. ...Read more

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My wife went to go get an HPV test because I can't but she came back with negative results saying she doesn't have it. Does that mean I don't have it?

My wife went to go get an HPV test because I can't but she came back with negative results saying she doesn't have it. Does that mean I don't have it?

Maybe: HPV has both active and inactive phases. You could have acquired HPV at some point in the past, and no longer actively shed virus to the point she gets infected. The only way to know if you were ever infected is to test you. ...Read more

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What types of HPV does the HPV test check for?

HPV subtypes: There are two types of panels; high risk hpv and low risk hpv. The high risk panel checks for the 14 varieties that may progress to cancer. The low risk hpv panel is associated with genital warts. ...Read more

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Can you infect others if your HPV test came back neg?

Depends: If you have anything other than HPV you might pass that along. The HPV test does not look for other STD's or other infections that can pass sexually like hepatitis. ...Read more

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HPV positive since Feb/15, regular checkups & next HPV test in Feb/16. Was it reported that people got rid of it 100% in a year?? Or it takes longer?

HPV positive since Feb/15, regular checkups & next HPV test in Feb/16. Was it reported that people got rid of it 100% in a year?? Or it takes longer?

Some people clear it: Not everyone clears HPV, but it is true that young women (less than 21 years old) frequently totally clear the virus. It can clear in a few months or up to a year. However, not everyone clears the virus and your chances of clearing it decrease as you get older. The only way to know if you have cleared it is retesting. ...Read more

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Why there is no HPV test for men?

Why there is no HPV test for men?

Several reasons: There's little incentive for companies to make tests for men. Unlike women, in men HPV lesions (warts etc) usually are easy to see and diagnose, so lab test isn't needed. There is no point in testing men without lesions; up to half age 18-25 would be positive, with no treatment. Most such infections never cause disease and testing would not help prevention. Instead of testing, rely on vaccination! ...Read more

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How precise is the HPV test for women?

How precise is the HPV test for women?

Highly accurate...: If both pap test and hpv dna test are negative, then 99% chance patient does not have any hpv mediated precancerous lesions of the cervix / vagina! hpv dna tests alone (without pap) are also highly sensitive and specific (at or above 95%), meaning that they do not "miss" infections and generally to not "overdiagnose" infections. Several tests are approved for use. Each has it's own statistics. ...Read more

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PAP and a HPV test together what is the differents if my HPV is Negative waiting on the Dr to read my pap will my Pap be Negative also.. Nerveous?

HPV negative is good: The HPV can be very helpful. If the HPV is negative the Pap is also likely to be negative or "atypical" at worst, and nothing further need be done. There is ongoing discussion about using HPV for screening and skipping the pap, although that is not standard of care at this time. ...Read more