HPV Testing Strengths and Limitations

HPV Testing StrengthsHPV Testing Limitations
Point-of-care testing or centralized testing, dependent on testing platform and local needsMajority of HPV infections (especially in young women) are transientand clinically non-significant
Simplicity and potential scalability of self-collection of samplesLack of specificity for precancer
Reproducible results; not rater-dependentHigher per-capita tests costs than VIA
Economical due to longer screening intervals possible for HPV-negative women
  • Abbreviations: HPV, human papillomavirus; VIA, visual inspection with acetic acid.