How ORARISK HPV Test Works
The test is very simple for us to administer. You just swish and gargle with a saltwater solution, then spit the solution into a funneled collection jar. We send the jar off to the lab where they test the solution to determine whether you have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and, if so, what kind.
There are many kinds of HPV, and not all of them are associated with oral cancers. Your OraRisk HPV test not just shows us whether you have HPV, but whether the HPV strain(s) you have been associated with oral cancer. You will get a risk report that characterizes each HPV as being a high, low, or unknown risk (unfortunately we haven’t identified all HPV strains and their level of risk), and give you an assessment of your overall risk.
Who Benefits Most From an ORARISK HPV Test
Although essentially anyone could benefit from an OraRisk HPV test, there are some people that should definitely have the test, including:
- Patients with risk factors for oral cancer (for example, alcohol and tobacco use)
- Sexually active patients
- Patients with a family history of oral cancer
- Patients with signs and symptoms of oral cancer
These patients would benefit from increased knowledge about their risk status and from increased vigilance. It is estimated that 80% of people contract HPV, but most infections do not lead to increased cancer risk.
The Role of HPV In Oral Cancer
Some HPV infections are transient—they develop and resolve spontaneously. Other HPV infections persist.
A virus is an organism that can’t reproduce on its own. In order to reproduce, it takes over cells, inserting its DNA into the cell’s DNA. Normally, this turns the cell into a virus factory and the cell dies after producing as many viruses as it can. The human immune system also targets and removes infected cells. In some HPV infections, though, the mutated cells survive and are not detected by the immune system. These altered cells have been programmed to become a factory, but instead of producing viruses, they reproduce themselves aggressively, which is what we call cancer.
We can help you determine whether you are infected with a cancer-causing strain of HPV so that you can maintain appropriate vigilance about its potential effects.
To schedule your OraRisk HPV test in Beverly Hills, please contact Nicolas A. Ravon DDS MSD today.