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OmniPathology Announces the Launch of its Oropharyngeal HPV PCR Test

In a release issued under the same headline earlier today by OmniPathology, please note that the second sentence in paragraph one should read “The Oral HPV PCR Test is a lab-developed test (LDT) performed on high-throughput platforms.” The corrected release follows:

OmniPathology, an independent, physician-owned and operated pathology lab, today announced the launch of a new oral test for human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cancer. The Oral HPV Test is a lab-developed test (LDT) performed on high-throughput platforms.

The Oral HPV Test detects 14 high-risk strains of HPV. It is performed via a throat swab submitted to OmniPathology, a CLIA-certified laboratory in Pasadena, for testing. Patients who test positive are advised to undergo a thorough examination by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor and may require close follow-up.

Detection and removal of early oral and oropharyngeal premalignant lesions can help significantly reduce the risk of progression to cancer. This test will be offered to primary care and GYN physicians, LGBTQIA+ clinics, dentists, oral surgeons, and ENT practices across the country as part of routine examinations of patients.

“Launching this oropharyngeal HPV test is an exciting milestone for OmniPathology, especially since this is an underserved area for diagnostic testing. As an organization led by science and driven by service, OmniPathology continues to offer state-of-the-art molecular testing that can impact patient care and enhance the quality of the services our physician clients offer to their patients,” said Mohammad Kamal M.D., founder and CEO of OmniPathology. “We continue to build our testing menu to target sexually transmitted infections and other viral diseases.”

Oral HPV has no symptoms and is spread through skin-to-skin contact. Risk factors for oral HPV include oral sex, having multiple partners, smoking, drinking alcohol, sharing drinks and utensils, and having a compromised immune system. Oral HPV is often found in patients with genital HPV and is common among sexually active people and their contacts.

HPV is the most common STI in the United States, and the infection rate has risen steadily over the last 30 years. HPV infections can cause 70% of oral cancers, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 10% of men and 3.6% of women have oral HPV.

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