Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests are crucial diagnostic tools for the prevention of neoplastic lesions of the uterine cervix. However most commercial methods are designed to detect high-risk (HR) HPV types and a limited selection of low-risk ones, thus missing a fair number of intermediate/low-risk types. As a result, many HPV infections remain undiagnosed, generating distrust in virological diagnosis among gynaecologists, who continue to rely preferentially on cytological and colposcopic findings.
Molecular epidemiology and pathogenic potential of underdiagnosed human papillomavirus types / Menzo, Stefano; Ciavattini, Andrea; Bagnarelli, Patrizia; Marinelli, Katia; Sisti, Stefano; Clementi, Massimo. - In: BMC MICROBIOLOGY. - ISSN 1471-2180. - 8:(2008), p. 112. [10.1186/1471-2180-8-112]