Papillomavirus testing in women


An important test in cervical cancer prevention

The overwhelming majority of women with HPV (human papilloavirus) with not have any longterm consequences because they will kick out of thier bodies the virus before any harm is done to the cervix. Even so, regular cervical PAP smear testing will prevent cases of cancer, and a direct HPV test like this one done regularly reduces cancer diagnoses even more.

  • Clinical guidelines recommend doing this test every 4 years in sexually active women to aid early diagnosis of cervical cancer
  • It is also considered revelant to do this test if you have changed sexual partner recently

Can I do this test now, should I wait, how precise is it? Where can I get tested, how long do results take, can I get some guidance from the doctor?



Infection detected: human papilloma in the vagina and/or cervix

Technique used: PCR test with the result classified by high or low risk strains of the virus

Test performance & window period:

  • This PCR test detects all of the HPV strains (there are more than 50 types) and the machine will classify a positive result into which strains are high or low risk for cancer changes
  • In this situation, it is preferable to wait 3 months from the last sexual contact of concern before doing this test to acheive optimum detection levels
  • This test is not relevant in men under current guidelines.


Type of test:

  • This test must be done only in women WHO ARE NOT MENSTRUATING: if no blood is present, we use a vaginal swab that you can take yourself – it may surprise you to know it’s easy and painless. I’ll explain how to do it when I send out your test request form. The laboratory personnel will be there to help you too.


Results available in: as our laboratory PCR machines are overwhelmed right now, results may take up take up to 7 working days. But in the majority of cases we will get the results back to you before this.

Where do I get tested?: When you purchase this test you will asked to choose a laboratory from more than 100 possible centres around Spain where your sample will be processed.