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 Post subject: Another question.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:23 pm 

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Included in the $2,000 was a $600 test for HPV.


The doctor say that the test only tests for whether it was high risk or low risk.

We pretty much knew it was high risk because of the abnormal pap test result and the cell changes.
(The pap test was the only abnormal test result.)


Doesn't the HPV test tell the exact strain. Such as HPV 16, HPV 18......?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:05 am 
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The HPV test currently licensed for clinical use does not isolate or detect a specific "strain" of HPV. It can detect the presence of "high risk" HPV of the cervix without specifying whether it's HPV type 16, 18, or so on (a "low risk" panel can also be run, but this is not commonly done).

If you have additional questions or comments, please join our HPV message board.

Hope this helps,
Fredo

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