HPV Triage is used when a woman has a cervical screening result of borderline or mild dyskaryosis (or low grade squamous dyskaryosis). The HPV test is important because it allows earlier identification of women who need treatment. Women with minor cervical abnormalities (either borderline or low grade squamous dyskaryosis) have only around a 15-20% chance of having a significant abnormality that requires treatment [1].

If a woman does not have high risk HPV even though her screening result showed slightly abnormal cells, the risk of these abnormalities turning into cancer are extremely low, thus, the woman can return to normal routine screening [2].

HPV triage is done using the same sample of cells that were taken during your cervical screening test and it will look for any high risk HPV infections. If the test is HPV positive the woman will be invited to attend a colposcopy clinic. If the test is HPV negative the woman will be returned to routine screening every three or five years depending on her age and the country she lives in.


  1. ~ 2010. Colposcopy and Programme Management, Guidelines for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme (2nd ed), NHSCSP Publication No 20, 12-13. 2. Sahasrabuddhe et al., 2011. Human papillomavirus and cervical cancer: biomarkers for improved prevention efforts. Future Microbiology 6(9), 1083-1098.

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