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HPV DNA Testing in Cervical Specimens: Uses

Slide 5

March 2010

HPV DNA testing in cervical specimens actually has a number of uses. You can use it as triage for atypical squamous cells of unknown significance or ASC-US in Pap smears and this is one of the most common uses of HPV testing currently being used. You can use it for secondary follow-up of an abnormal Pap smear or a negative colposcopic examination and I am not going to go into this today. You can use it posttreatment in a woman who has been treated for preneoplastic conditions and again I am not going to take about this. You can use it for primary screening and again, the HPV is used along with the cervical cytology and they are both collected at the same time and they are both tested at the same time. And, we will talk about when that should be used in a minute. Then, finally, you can use it as a quality assurance technique and it is very valuable in your laboratory to use this-but again, it is not part of what we are going to be talking about today.

DNA Testing Uses


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