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What is the Cervista HPV test?
The Cervista HPV test, manufactured by Hologic, is a test that is used to identify the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) genetic material, or DNA, in cervical samples, such as samples taken during Pap screening or colposcopy. The Cervista test was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March of 2009 and was the first DNA test approved by the FDA for detection of HPV in women.
Two different tests are available, known as Cervista HPV 16/18 and Cervista HPV HR. Cervista HPV 16/18 is used to diagnose the presence of DNA from the two most common HPV types associated with cancer, HPV 16 and 18, while Cervista HPV HR is used to diagnose all 14 "high risk" or cancer-associated HPV types. The choice for which test to use depends on what information the patient's physician wants to collect.