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HPV DNA test

Screening for human papilloma virus (HPV)

Through a simple swab, the HPV DNA test looks for human papilloma virus genes in your cervical cells

About

Most types of HPV are symptomless. They usually clear up on their own without leading to future complications. However, if you have a certain type of high-risk HPV, it could be a sign that you're more likely to develop cervical cancer. The HPV DNA test screens for the highest risk forms of HPV.

Need to know

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    Your nurse will ask you to undress from the waist down and lie on a bed. If the bed has stirrups, they'll ask you to place your feet in them. Otherwise, you should bend your knees or lie with your feet together and knees apart. The lower half of your body can be covered with a paper sheet. When you’re ready your nurse will guide a metal instrument (speculum) into your vagina and open it gently. They will then use a fine brush to collect cell samples from your cervix. The procedure will usually take less than five minutes. If you’re having a cervical screen, you can have your HPV DNA test at the same time. Your nurse will just take a second swab.
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    The HPV DNA test is a quick, straightforward procedure that's unlikely to cause you much discomfort. However, like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects. Your nurse or consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions. If you'd feel more comfortable, you can ask us to arrange a chaperone. Or you're welcome to bring someone along to your appointment with you. It's possible to have a cervical screen and HPV DNA test at the same time. If you'd like to do this, please speak to us beforehand. You shouldn't have sex in the 24 hours leading up to your test or use a tampon for 48 hours beforehand.
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    You'll be able to go home as soon as your procedure is over. We'll be in touch when we have your results.
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Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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