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How is HPV human papillomavirus tested?
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: DNA analysis
Testing is primarily performed if there is concern that the hpv strain is one with a risk for future uterine cancer.
There are > 100 different strains of hpv, type 16 &18 are the severely risky ones, a few others are of intermediate risk. Most are fortunately harmless. Test is by swabbing cervical area of vagina and usually performed together with a pap test.

In brief: DNA analysis
Testing is primarily performed if there is concern that the hpv strain is one with a risk for future uterine cancer.
There are > 100 different strains of hpv, type 16 &18 are the severely risky ones, a few others are of intermediate risk. Most are fortunately harmless. Test is by swabbing cervical area of vagina and usually performed together with a pap test.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Henry Garcia
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Pap smear
Hpv is tested by obtaining an endocervical sample with a cervical brush and sending it in a special hpv transport media.
Most physicians use liquid based cytology sampling and have both pap smear and hpv testing performed at the same time.

In brief: Pap smear
Hpv is tested by obtaining an endocervical sample with a cervical brush and sending it in a special hpv transport media.
Most physicians use liquid based cytology sampling and have both pap smear and hpv testing performed at the same time.
Dr. Henry Garcia
Dr. Henry Garcia
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