What is the role of the acetic acid test in the diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The acetic acid test can be helpful in the diagnosis of genital warts. In particular, soaking acetic acid into suspicious lesions can enhance the degree of suspicion in lesions without classic features.


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