Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test-Reference Range

HPV test results and Pap test results are very important when determining a woman’s risk for cervical cancer. Co-testing with an HPV test and Pap test, as recommended by current guidelines, can determine whether cervical cells are infected with a high-risk type of HPV and identify abnormal changes in cervical cells.

The test results are as follows:

If the results of HPV test are negative, and the results of Pap test are normal, then the person has low risk of getting cervical cancer.

If the results of HPV test are positive, and the results of Pap test are normal, then the person’s cervical cells are infected with a high-risk type of HPV.

If the results of HPV test are negative, and the results of Pap test are unclear (ASCUS), then the person has no HPV infection. And the changes of cervical cells may be caused by infection, inflammation, or hormonal changes.

If the results of HPV test are positive, and the results of Pap test are unclear (ASCUS), then the person’s cervical cells are infected with a high-risk type of HPV.

If the results of HPV test are negative, and the results of Pap test are abnormal (low-grade changes), then the person has no HPV infection.

If the results of HPV test are positive, and the results of Pap test are abnormal (low-grade changes), then the person’s cervical cells are infected with a high-risk type of HPV.

Keywords: Genital Human Papillomavirus; High-risk HPV; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test

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