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Hpv Positive Treatment
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
A rare testing error: A false positive occurs when the test is wrong. The chlamydia tests in current use are accurate about 99% of the time. ...Read more
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
Probably not needed: No treatment is needed if you're not having symptoms, i.e. visible outbreaks of the mouth or genital area. The large majority of people with postive HSV1 blood tests have neither of these and don't need treatment. It's different than HSV2, which is often transmitted sexually in the absence of symptoms, the risk of which can be prevented with antiviral treatment. ...Read more
PapIGrfxHPV ASCU results negative for my pap HPV say (NEGHPV) HPV DNA reflex criteria were not met with this specimen result NO HPV test perform mean?
Normal, no HPV: If I correctly understand the abbreviations, your doctor ordered a pap smear for which HPV testing was to be done if the smear was abnormal. Your pap did not show those abnormalities; therefore HPV testing wasn't done. In other words, it's all good news: your results were fine with nothing to worry about. If you remain uncertain for some reason, contact your doctor's office. ...Read more
HPV-18 and ASC-H positive results led to a LEEP procedure. First pap smear 11 months later resulted in negative HPV test, but ASC-H present. Why?
Too many acronyms : Whenever a test is done somebody has to say what is positive or negative in a result about it. These are all summed up in the sensitivity and specificity of the particular test. If I measure your BP and tell you I measured 139/89 and said was fine because high BP was defined as higher than 140/90 you would probably start doubting my judgment. Whenever you get a test result back ask doc what does i ...Read more
How accurate are IGG blood test for herpes for person never having an outbreak? Partner tested positive for hsv2.
It depends...: The HSV IgG blood tests are good but not perfect. With the most common test (HerpeSelect®), strong positive (HSV2 index 3.5 or more) is proof of infection, regardless of symptoms. Negative (under 0.9) also is conclusive. Index >1.1 is officially positive, but many results 1.1-3.5 are false. Other IgG tests less well studied. Such uncertainties are why HSV blood tests often are controversial. ...Read more
Question regarding a standard RPR test does an RPR test effectively detect any strains of the herpes viruses?
Uncommon: The current tests for chlamydia have an accuracy of over98%. ...Read more
Does a person with a positive helicobacter pylori antibody test always remain seropositive even after successful treatment?
Once +, always +: The blood test for h pylori looks for your immune response to the infection. Once you turn positive, you never revert back to negative, even after appropriate antibiotic treatment. That's how you're protected in the future. On the other hand, if you want a test of cure to prove that the infection is gone, you need a breath test to confirm eradication. ...Read more
Very unreliable test: The Tzanck is an old test for herpes, rarely used in recent years. It has a very high false negative rate and does not distinguish HSV1 from HSV2, crucial to proper diagnosis and treatment. False positives are less common but not rare. Test reliability depends heavily on the experience of the person doing the test. Talk with your doctor/clinic about proper testing, i.e. DNA (PCR) or culture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer