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DNA test for HPV approved by FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a DNA test for human papillomavirus, also referred to as HPV.

Information about the DNA test that could be used in place of the Pap test most are familiar with shared in an FDA report that was released on April 24,2014.

Most readers are familiar with tests used to determine if a woman is infected with HPV. This virus can lead to cervical cancer, however, in most cases the immune system will handle the virus.

According to cancer.gov those who smoke or have a weakened immune system could be more at risk of getting cancer following a high-risk HPV infection.

The following details are from the FDA report:

“Today’s approval offers women and physicians a new option for cervical cancer screening,” said Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Roche Diagnostics conducted a well-designed study that provided the FDA with a reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness when used as a primary screening tool for cervical cancer.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the Pap test should be used with the new DNA test for HPV according to the report from the FDA.

Those taking the time to view the video included with this article will hear about the importance of yearly exams for women. Many women skip their yearly exam because they have been told they do not need an Pap smear on a yearly basis. However, many other parts of a yearly exam should be done in most cases.

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