There are over 150 different strains of HPV - some are low risk and others are high risk. The high risk strains, particularly strains 16 and 18, are responsible for about 70% of cases of cervical cancer. For most people, the virus clears on its own without any treatment. In some cases, an HPV infection with a high risk stain can potentially lead to cancer.
Our home HPV screening test detects 14 high-risk HPV types in a single analysis. The test identifies HPV16 and HPV18: which causes the vast majority of cervical cancer cases - while also detecting the rest of the high risk types: 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66 and 68.
If no high risk strains of HPV are detected, then no additional testing is needed for 3 years. Since cervical cancer is caused by high risk strains of HPV, a person with no high risk HPV present is very unlikely to develop cervical cancer in the near future.
If a high risk strain of HPV is detected, we suggest getting a follow up directly from your women's health provider. Since this is only a screening test and not a cancer diagnosis, it's always best to get some additional testing done in person. We can help you figure out next steps!