Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
(Microbiology)
Investigations Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
The papillomaviruses are widespread and infections are generally asymptomatic. There are over 100 types of papillomavirus. These viruses infect the skin and mucosal membranes and are the cause of warts and cervical cancer.

Molecular Tests
High Risk HPV RNA (TMA)
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Specimen type SurePath: At least 1.5ml liquid based cytology.
Tissue: Collected in a sterile leak-proof container, preferably in sterile PBS or water.
Ideal time to take specimen  
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How to take the specimen  
Transport to the laboratory If transport is delayed then liquid based cytology specimens can be stored at room temperature or at +4°C, whereas unfixed tissues should be stored at -80°C
Test Times High risk HPV RNA: Daily
Turnround High risk HPV RNA: 3 working days
Additional information HPV genotype: please contact the Virology laboratory on 0151 706 4410 for advice.
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