Posted 11/2/11 on The Doctor Weighs In
There are an increasing number of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies that allow individuals to test for different diseases (e.g., HIV) or monitor chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hyperlipidemia). Now home testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has been added to the mix. The reason why this is important is that a recent large randomized trial has shown that home-based sampling for HPV is three times as sensitive as conventional Pap smears in detecting advanced HPV-related lesions or cancer. For invasive cancer, the home HPV sampling was more than four times as sensitive as cytology.