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Tested positive for hpv rna rather than DNA. Normal cytology. Dr. says we'll repeat in one year. Is hpv rna more serious? Ask for colposcopy?

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Family Medicine
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In brief: HPV

RNA testing seems to relate better with severity of lesion compared to DNA.
For women 30 years of age and older with HPV-positive but cytology-negative co-testing, repeat co-testing at 1 year is acceptable . If genotyping for HPV 16/18 are positive then colposcopy is recommended.

In brief: HPV

RNA testing seems to relate better with severity of lesion compared to DNA.
For women 30 years of age and older with HPV-positive but cytology-negative co-testing, repeat co-testing at 1 year is acceptable . If genotyping for HPV 16/18 are positive then colposcopy is recommended.
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Dr. Clarene Cress
Pediatrics

In brief: Follow up per doctor

Many women will acquire at least one strain of HPV by their 30's.
HPV DNA testing is highly sensitive for the presence of HPV, but is not as specific as the RNA test in identifying the strains that are more likely to cause cervical cancer. Most high-risk HPV infections occur without any symptoms, go away within 1 to 2 years, and do not cause cancer. Some HPV infections, however, can persist for many years. Persistent infections with high-risk HPV types can lead to cell changes that, if untreated, may progress to cancer.

In brief: Follow up per doctor

Many women will acquire at least one strain of HPV by their 30's.
HPV DNA testing is highly sensitive for the presence of HPV, but is not as specific as the RNA test in identifying the strains that are more likely to cause cervical cancer. Most high-risk HPV infections occur without any symptoms, go away within 1 to 2 years, and do not cause cancer. Some HPV infections, however, can persist for many years. Persistent infections with high-risk HPV types can lead to cell changes that, if untreated, may progress to cancer.
Dr. Clarene Cress
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