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Recently available genotypic tests may help us to confirm the presence of HPV and to determine the type of virus (HPV) responsible. These newly available tests are used in the detection of cervical lesions, and may eventually be used in the detection of anal lesions in MSM. This is helpful in identifying those types of HPV that are at high-risk for progression towards cancer. If not, then you have saved yourself a visit to the gynecologist and a colposcopy. Colposcopy will only be recommended when high-risk lesions or HPV are detected.
Newer, and more sensitive Pap tests are also available – the liquid Pap test is much better at identifying abnormalities at the level of the uterine cervix…this should translate into earlier detection or lesions, pre-cancer and cancer.