How is human papillomavirus (HPV) diagnosed?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of most cutaneous and external genital warts can be made through clinical examination or with application of acetic acid and biopsy. In genital intraepithelial neoplasia, it is essential to determine the extent of disease through careful inspection and colposcopy.


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