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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Expanded Cervical Cancer and HPV testing

 

 Did you realize the FDA has expanded the use of HPV testing for what they are calling primary HPV screening. In the past two years gynecologists, backed by data from large studies including, The Addressing the Need for Advanced HPV Diagnostics (ATHENA) trial that Dr. Trupin was a Primary Investigator for, gynecologists have been testing young ladies from 25-29 primarily for HPV. If that test is positive for HPV 16 or 18 the microscopic test and biopsy called colposcopy is used. If you test negative for 16 and 18 on the primary HPV test, but positive for one of the other high-risk types (31,33, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66, or 68) you then get a traditional pap test which looks for changes in the cells of the cervix. For those who test positive for the pap test, they will get their cervix evaluated by colposcopy. Women over 30 can be tested with a pap plus an HPV test together. The goal is early detection for less invasive therapies.

 

Primary screening test results can be found here on the web.

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