Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

It is a sexually transmitted virus, some types of which are involved in cervical cancer as well as other neoplasias. As with other sexually transmitted diseases, infection with HPV is usually asymptomatic and as a result infected individuals are usually unaware of their infection and continue transmitting the virus or may present complications. More than 60 different strains of the virus have been described, segregated into low risk and high risk strains for cervical neoplasias.

A direct molecular detection of viral DNA is applied, using a multiplex fluorescent PCR reaction, which permits the parallel genotyping of the virus and risk group classification. The test will detect 25 different strains: low risk HPV6, 11, 34, 40, 42, 43, 44, 53, 54, 70, 74 and high risk HPV16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66 and 68.

SPECIMEN:cervical smear of biopsy product.

SHIPMENT: Samples may be stored at 4°C and shipped as soon as possible. We can provide transport medium and swabs with a wooden handle should not be used for sampling.