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Utah Public Health Laboratory

Human Papillomavirus

Fee: Please refer to fee schedule

Ordering Recommendation



Monday - Friday


Qualitative Transcription-mediated Amplification (NAAT)


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


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.


  • 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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