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URINE HPV DNA TESTING
URINE HPV DNA TESTING
|Use||20-30 ml of urine (special container provided)|
|Processing Time||7 days|
|Details||The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus which can cause a number of conditions. There are over 100 strains of the virus, most of which are not dangerous. Many types of the virus can cause harmless growths such as verrucas and genital warts. It is very common for people who are infected not to develop any symptoms or complications at all. However, there are also a small number of strains which increase your risk of developing cervical cancer.|
This is a non-invasive test for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that requires only a simple urine sample. We test for 21 specific HPV subtypes from a urine sample:
- If you are currently carrying a high risk strain of the virus. You need to make an appointment with your doctor to check for cervical abnormalities. Your doctor will advise you to take regular smear tests from now on. You can take another test for HPV a few months later to check whether the infection has cleared.
- If you carry a low risk strain of the virus, you may be susceptible to genital warts. It is important that you continue to practise safe sex to protect yourself and others from HPV and other sexually transmitted infections.
- If results are negative, you are not infected with any strain. However, you should still test yourself for HPV every year and do a Pap smear once every 2 years.
Result type: Qualitative only (we do not provide quantitative results, ie the quantity of each type of HPV found).
Results: Email and hardcopy
Sample: 20-30 ml of urine (special container provided)
Testing turnaround time (TAT): 7 days
How to prepare for a test?
What is HPV?
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus which can cause a number of conditions. There are over 100 strains of the virus, most of which are not dangerous. Many types of the virus can cause harmless growths such as verrucas and genital warts. It is very common for people who are infected not to develop any symptoms or complications at all. However, there are also a small number of strains which increase your risk of developing cervical cancer.
HPV and Cervical Cancer
Having the virus does not mean that you will develop cancer later in your life. The majority of sexually active women are infected with a type of HPV at some point in their lives and the virus usually clears within a few months without treatment. However, if the infection persists it increases your risk of cancer, which is why it is important to get regular smear tests.
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer; 99% of all women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer carry a high risk strain of HPV. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer found in Thai women, after breast cancer. However, it is the most fatal form of cancer for Thai women between the ages of 30 to 60.
Who is at risk of catching HPV?
HPV is transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. If you have had unprotected sex, you may carry a strain of HPV. You should always use a condom to prevent infection with HPV and other STIs.
Prevention of cervical cancer
Cervical cancer can be prevented by taking an annual screening for cervical cancer, starting from the age of 25 or when sexually active. There are three types of cervical screenings for cervical cancer:
Is the HPV DNA Urine test the same as a Pap smear test?
The HPV DNA Urine test checks whether you have contracted a high risk strain of HPV. It is not the same as a smear test, which checks for abnormalities of the cervix. You need to continue to attend regular smear tests, even if your HPV test comes back negative.
Is there a vaccine for HPV?
Yes, you can vaccinated for HPV, regardless of whether you test positive or negative. Many hospitals and clinics in Thailand offer HPV vaccinations for girls from the age of 12. Vaccination is also beneficial to boys and men as it protects from genital warts. Current vaccines (eg. Gardasil) have to be taken in 3 doses over a 6 month period and vaccinate against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18.
- This test is outsourced to a Thai Ministry of Public Health accredited laboratory with valid ISO 15189-2012 and 15190-2003 certifications.
- PTC is cannot be held responsible for the results of this test in any way.
- This external laboratory does not share the same accreditations as PTC.