HPV DNA Test

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women. The primary underlying cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papilomavirus (HPV).

Majority of HPV infections are cleared within 1 to 2 years post infection. Only a minority of the disease persist and progress to precancerous lesions or invasive cancer.

More than 150 different types of HPV genotypes are currently known. Only few are pathogenic to humans of which 14 HPV genotypes (16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 60 and 68) contribute to 95% of cervical cancer. Out of which HPV genotype 16 and 18 contributes to 70% of cervical cancer.

Quest introduced the HPV DNA test in 2009 and has upgraded the test to provide 16 & 18 genotyping in 2013.

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