Urine HPV testing shown to be accurate
Despite urine tests being non-invasive, easily accessible and more acceptable to women, concerns about their accuracy have limited their use.
According to UK and Spanish researchers who analysed 14 studies comparing the sensitivity and specificity of urine testing with cervical samples obtained by a doctor, urine testing has acceptable accuracy for detecting the presence of cervical HPV.
The specificity for detection of HPV in urine was high for any HPV and for the most oncogenic strains, HPV 16 and 18, they said.
The meta-analysis involved data from