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The Aptima® HPV assay, targeting HPV mRNA, has shown sensitivity similar to commonly-used DNA-based tests1-12:


With better specificity than HPV DNA testing, Aptima has been shown to reduce false positives and minimize unnecessary invasive procedures.1



Identifies high-risk HPV types of most concern, including 16, 18/45, most often associated with squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.2

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The Aptima HPV assay detects E6/E7 viral mRNA from 14 high-risk types of human papillomavirus in cervical specimens (in ThinPrep® Pap Test vials containing PreservCyt® Solution and collected with broomtype or cytobrush/spatula devices). The test is indicated to screen women ≥21 years with ASCUS cytology to determine the need for colposcopy, and to screen women ≥30 years for high-risk HPV types. This information with cytology history, other risk factors, and guidelines may be used to manage patients. See for more details.

The assay is not a substitute for regular cervical cytology screening. The results of this test are not intended to prevent women from proceeding to colposcopy. The assay has not been evaluated for managing HPV vaccinated women, women with prior ablative or excisional therapy, hysterectomy, who are pregnant, or have other risk factors. Aptima and other associated logos are registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries in the United States, and/or other countries.


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  2. Aptima HPV assay (package insert): Gen-Probe Incorporated; 2011.
  3. Dockter J, Schroder A, Hill C, et al. Clinical performance of the Aptima HPV Assay for the detection of high-risk HPV and high-grade cervical lesions. J Clin Virol. 2009;45(S1):S55-S61.
  4. Szarewski A, Ambroisine L, Cadman L, et al. Comparison of predictors for high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in women with abnormal smears. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008;17(11):3033-3042.
  5. Szarewski A, Mesher D, Cadman L, et al. Comparison of seven tests for high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in women with abnormal smears: the Predictors 2 study. J Clin Micro. 2012;50(6):1867-1873.
  6. Reuschenbach M, Clad A, von Knebel Doeberitz C, et al. Performance of p16INK4a-cytology, HPV mRNA, and HPV DNA testing to identify high grade cervical dysplasia in women with abnormal screening results. Gynecol Oncol. 2010;119(1):98-105.
  7. Clad A, Reuschenbach M, Weinschenk J, et al. Performance of the Aptima high-risk human papillomavirus mRNA assay in a referral population in comparison with Hybrid Capture 2 and cytology. J Clin Micro. 2011;49(3):1071-1076.
  8. Ratnam S, Coutlee F, Fontaine D, et al. Aptima HPV E6/E7 mRNA test is as sensitive as Hybrid Capture 2 Assay but more specific at detecting cervical precancer and cancer. J Clin Micro. 2011;49(2):557-564.
  9. Wu R, Belinson SE, Du H, et al. Human papillomavirus messenger RNA assay for cervical cancer screening: the Shenzhen Cervical Cancer Screening Trial I. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2010;20(8):1411-1414.
  10. Cuzick J, et al. International Papillomavirus Conference; 2011. Data on file.
  11. Iftner T, et al. International Papillomavirus Conference; 2012. Data on file.
  12. Ovestad IT, Vennestrøm U, Andersen L, et al. Comparison of different commercial methods for HPV detection in follow-up cytology after ASCUS/LSIL, prediction of CIN2-3 in follow up biopsies and spontaneous regression of CIN2-3. Gynecol Oncol. 2011;123(2):278-283.

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