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Utah Public Health Laboratory

Human Papillomavirus

Fee: Please refer to fee schedule

Ordering Recommendation

 

Performed

Monday - Friday

Methodology

Qualitative Transcription-mediated Amplification (NAAT)

Reported

1-2 Days

Specimen Required

  • Collect: Cervical specimens in ThinPrep Pap Test vials containing PreservCyt Solution with broom-type or cytobrush/spatula collection devices according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Specimen Preparation: Transfer 1 mL of the ThinPrep liquid specimen into an APTIMA Specimen Transfer tube (supplied by Utah Public Health Lab)
  • Storage/Transport Conditions: Refrigerated or Ambient. Specimen must be received in our lab within 30 days of collection.
  • Unacceptable Conditions: ThinPrep Pap Test vials containing PreservCyt Solution that have not been transferred into the APTIMA Specimen Transfer tube.
  • Remarks: Sample must be labeled with patient's full name or unique ID number, and collection date.
  • Stability:
    • Specimen in Thin Prep liquid Ambient: 30 days; Refrigerated: 30 days
    • 1mL ThinPrep liquid transferred into APTIMA Transfer tube: Ambient: 2 months; Refrigerated: 2 months; Frozen: 24 months

Results

Negative, Positive, or Invalid

Interpretive Data

Results of this test should only be interpreted in conjunction with information available from clinical evaluation of the patient and patient history.

Note

  • Negative results are not intended to prevent women from proceeding to colposcopy.
  • Negative results indicate HPV E6/E7 mRNA was not detected.
  • Negative results may occur with HPV E6/E7 mRNA concentrations that are below the pre-set threshold.
  • Positive results indicate the presence of HPV E6/E7 mRNA of any one or more of the high-risk types.
  • The performance of the APTIMA HPV Assay has not been evaluated for HPV vaccinated individuals.

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