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 on clinical examination or with application of acetic acid and biopsy. In the case of genital intraepithelial neoplasia, determining the extent of disease is essential. This involves careful inspection, as well as colposcopy.


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