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Human papillomavirus viral load on careHPV testing of self-collected vaginal samples vs. clinician-collected cervical samples.

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Oct;181:233-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.08.005. Epub 2014 Aug 13.

Labani S1, Asthana S2.
Author information 1Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Health Research, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. Electronic address:
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol
AbstractOBJECTIVE: To compare viral load on careHPV DNA testing in self-collected vaginal (VHPC) and clinician-collected cervical (CHPC) samples for the detection of high-grade cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN).STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. Ever-married women aged 30-59 years were targeted for cervical screening. On attendance for screening, vaginal self-sampling was performed by the woman, and an auxiliary nurse midwife subsequently performed a per-speculum examination, collected a CHPV sample and a Pap smear, and made a visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid. The ratio of viral load expressed in relative light units to positive controls set at a cut-off of 1pg/ml was used for careHPV quantitative assessment. The median viral load was compared using non-parametric tests. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were constructed for the detection of CINII+ and CINIII+ in CHPV and VHPV samples.RESULTS: Overall, the median viral load in the 4658 women screened was higher in CHPV samples compared with VHPV samples (9.8-fold higher in cases of high-grade CIN). The median viral load was significantly higher among Pap-positive women compared with Pap-negative women in both CHPV and VHPV samples (p<0.01). Assessment by ROC analysis for the detection of high-grade CIN did not differ significantly between CHPV and VHPV samples.CONCLUSION: Viral load on careHPV testing was comparable between self- and clinician-collected samples for the detection of high-grade CIN. The self-sampling approach may be an option for screening in low-resource countries.Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Full Text Source: Elsevier Science
PMID:25171269 |

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