Is it possible to use the HPV Pro service by taking other biological samples as well?
A dry cervicovaginal swab is provided inside the package; the CE IVD test with which the analysis is performed is clinically validated both with cervical samples and with samples of self-collected vaginal secretions. However, the analysis is compatible with different biological samples such as urethral and anal samples, as well as cervical samples stored in Thin Prep. Contact us for information on other biological samples.
Is it possible to take the sample from a patient who is menstruating?
No, it is not advisable to perform the test during menstruation, as blood can make the biological sample inadequate and does not allow to obtain an appropriate diagnostic result.
My patient is vaccinated-does it make sense to test her?
Yes, the World Health Organization recommends that women be vaccinated and prevented byscreening HPV tests.In fact, the vaccines currently available protect a maximum of 7 high-risk strains of HPV, and notall oncogenic strains.
Could the test produce a false negative result?
No diagnostic test is 100% safe. However, the testing laboratory is certified and has a strict quality assurance system. If the sample arrives damaged, the doctor is immediately notified. The laboratory also ensures that the sample is not contaminated while working with it. There are several control points in the processes to verify the accuracy of the test results; it is verified, for example, if there is a sufficient quantity of cells in the sample and if the results of the specific phases of the test comply with the reference standards. To preserve the quality of the sample it is important to collect it and store it in the manner indicated in the instructions for use contained inside the package.
Other useful information
This test does not diagnose cervical cancer and is not a substitute for screening. Women should undergo routine cervical cancer screening and gynaecological exams to look for signs of precancerous changes in the cervix and genital skin that could lead to cancer if left untreated.
There are more than 120 strains of HPV, and not all forms of HPV can be harmful. It is not un common for an HPV infection to resolve on its own without medical treatment. HPV is very common and anyone who has ever had genital contact with another person (even with the use of mechanical contraceptives) can be positive for HPV. Both men and women can contract HPV and can pass it on to their partners without knowing it.