Specimen Requirements


HPV DNA, High Risk, Anal-Rectal

Specimen Requirement

Preferred Specimen(s)
3 mL Dacron/Polyester swab collected in Liquid Cytology (PreservCyt®) Preservative (ThinPrep®)

**When ordering ThinPrep containers for HPV Anal/Rectal testing please specify that it’s for male or anal/rectal testing, so that we’ll include the polyester swabs with your supplies.**

Collection Instructions:
To collect an anal-rectal sample, a wetted, non-lubricated Dacron/Polyester swab is used. The Dacron/Polyester swab is inserted about 3 cm (or until resistance is met) into the anal canal past the anal verge, into the rectal vault. This is done without visualization of the anal canal. Firm lateral pressure is applied to the swab handle as it is rotated and slowly moved in and out. Slowly withdraw swab from the anal canal. Swish the swab vigorously in PreservCyt® fluid in the ThinPrep® vial. Discard the swab. Cap and tighten the ThinPrep® vial.

Avoid using cotton swab on a wooden stick because the handle may break and splinter during collection. Swab that is grossly contaminated with feces should be discarded and the collection repeated.


Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA)


Room temp: 30 days, Refrigerated: 28 days

Reference Range

By Report*


3-6 days

Clinical Use

This test is used to detect the presence of HPV DNA in anal-rectal mucosa.

Test Code