What test do you get done to test for HPV?

by Rachel on May 5, 2011

With so many people having HPV – I was curious to know what test do you need? Would a routine pap show it?

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Brittany Hollingsworth May 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm

no a rutine pap dose not show it u have to get a different test done

tarnishedsilverheart May 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm

A Pap test looks for abnormal cell changes of the cervix that the virus causes. After abnormal cell changes are seen a second test is immediately done confirming that the cell changes are due to one of the 13 high risk HPV types that are found in cervical cancer. The HPV test is approved for screening the cervix only. The HPV test does not screen for all 40 genital HPV types.

There is not a general test that screens the entire genital area for the virus. There is not and FDA approved HPV test for the male. Most people with the virus do not show any signs or symptoms of the virus. It can take months to years before abnormal cell changes occur or visible external warts.

Your Pap can be negative but you may still have the virus.

HPV DNA has been shown to be
present in approximately 10% of women with normal cervical epithelium

The only approved HPV test on the market is for women, for use as part of cervical cancer screening. There is no general test for men or women to check one’s overall “HPV status.”


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