How can you get an HPV DNA test?

by Rachel on April 4, 2011

I had two abnormal pap smears in a row, and then a third that came back normal. I asked my doctor about the HPV DNA testing, but they told me it was “not common and too expensive.” I have crappy insurance through my university, so I really don’t know where to turn. I’d really like to get this lab work done to find out if I have a high risk HPV. Thank you.

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Kelle April 4, 2011 at 2:17 am

There is no test. They do a swab on your cervix for cervical cancer only.

Autumn M April 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

I have had 4 pap smears two colposcopies due to HPV. An abnormal pap smear does not mean hpv. a positive HPV assay indicates HPV infection. With all likelihood your immune system will fight off the HPV virus and you will have no problems, thats what my doctor told me. Have a biopsy is you want to make sure its not cancer.

Lily L April 4, 2011 at 2:58 am

I HATE how doctors don’t offer this test and always say it’s unnecessary. Seriously, you’ve had abnormal pap smears, it’s perfectly natural to ask for an HPV test.

It is a bit expensive, but most insurances cover it because it is FDA approved. Call your insurance to confirm that is true. Then DEMAND it from you gyno. If they still refuse, get a new gyno.

Here’s what I’d love to see you do, but you’d have to have a little bit of guts to to it: ask your gyno for STD testing, including a Hep C test. Hep C is spread by blood only and it’s not really an STD. When they say okay and write up the order for the Hep C test, then ask for an HPV test. When the doctor again tells you how expensive it is and how it’s not common, say this: “I’m just wondering, since Hep C is spread through blood contact, and I’m not an intravenous drug user or a phebomtomist and have virtually no chance of having Hep C, why is it that you have no problem ordering me a Hep C test and refuse me HPV testing when those abnormal paps have given a lot of reason to think I might have HPV???”

I asked my doctored that exact question because he told me HPV testing was unnecessary when I actually had cervical cancer!! I was like, seriously? You’ll test me for Hep C which I have NO CHANCE of having, but not HPV?

There is no reason not to give you the test. You should be able to get an HPV simply because you want the results!

Good luck!

tarnishedsilverheart April 4, 2011 at 3:55 am

Turn to the maker of the most commonly used DNA HPV test.

QIAGEN offers a reimbursement hotline that can help you verify what benefits you have and the related requirements. Call 1-866-895-1HPV (1-866-895-1478) or visit

This hotline has helped many women know more about HPV and how to obtain the test.

The HPV does have limits for the gal under 30. HPV testing is common. The DNA HPV test added to your already Pap test only adds about $50 extra dollars….

When a doctor refuses to add DNA HPV testing for me…I just ask that he/she document my records that he/she refused my request for DNA HPV testing…I have never had the rest refused when I ask for this note to be in my medical records…

You are your own best health advocate…call the HPV hotline and see if they can help…at your next pap ask for HPV DNA testing to be done regardless of your Pap report….and ask for this to be documented in your medical records..

I wish you well.

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