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How are the results of an HPV test interpreted?
A positive test result does not mean that a woman will definitely get cervical cancer.
The results of the test are used to help estimate a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer or to estimate the severity or risk of findings that may not be clear from physical examination and Pap screening. As discussed previously, the results of the Cervista HPV test are not interpreted alone but in combination with Pap testing, medical history, and physical examination. The test gives one more piece of information to help the health care practitioner make the best decisions about further monitoring and management for each woman on a case-by-case basis.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
REFERENCE: FDA.gov. FDA Approved First DNA Test for Two Types of Human Papillomavirus. News release, March 13, 2009.