Human papilomavirus PCR

AsseyMethod: PCR
Abbrevation: HPV Total PCR
Sector: PCR
SampleType: S or WB
S.Vol: -
Transport: -
Storage: S or WB
Test Name: Human papilomavirus PCR
Normal Range: -

This test is related to
Why Get Tested?

To screen for infection with high risk types of genital human papilloma virus, which are associated with cervical cancer.

When To Get Tested?

If you are a sexually active female, or have symptoms of HPV infection (genital warts), or have an irregular cervical screening.

Sample Required?

A sampling of cells from the cervical area

Test Preparation Needed?

It is recommended that you do not use tampons or vaginal creams, deodorants, or medications for 2 days before the test. Some healthcare professionals may request that you refrain from sex for 24 to 48 hours before the test. Reschedule the test if you are having your period (menstruating). You may be asked to empty your bladder before the examination.

 

What is being tested?

The test is looking for evidence of infection by certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV), a virus that can cause skin warts and genital warts (also called condylomata). These types of HPV (high-risk HPV or HR-HPV) can cause cervical, penile, and other forms of genital cancer.

How is the sample collected for testing?

Testing for HPV infection is usually done as part of a cervical screening (a test used to detect abnormal cells or conditions that may lead to cancer on the cervix, the lower part of the uterus or womb). A speculum is placed in the vagina to allow a sample of cells to be taken from the cervix , using a small brush. If the test shows abnormal cells, this sample or a follow-up sample may be used for an HPV test. An alternative screening process tests the cervical sample for HPV first, followed by examination for abnormal cells.

Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?

It is recommended that you do not use tampons or vaginal creams, deodorants, or medications for 2 days before the test. Some healthcare professionals may request that you refrain from sex for 24 to 48 hours before the test. Reschedule the test if you are having your period (menstruating). You may be asked to empty your bladder before the examination.