Results of human papillomavirus DNA testing with the Hybrid Capture 2 assay are reproducible

Philip E. Castle, Attila T. Lorincz, Iwona Mielzynska-Lohnas, David R. Scott, Andrew G. Glass, Mark E. Sherman, John E. Schussler, Mark Schiffman

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Reproducibility of the Hybrid Capture 2 Test (HC 2) for human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA detection was evaluated by assaying frozen cervical specimens in 1997 and again in 2001 from 1,775 women with normal cervical cytology. Using a cutoff point of 1.0 pg of HPV DNA/ml between a negative and a positive test result, the result of the kappa test for agreement was 0.72 (a kappa value of >0.60 is considered good agreement). Using cutoff points of 1.0 and 10.0 pg/ml between negative and low positive and between low positive and high positive, respectively, the kappa was 0.68 and the linear-weighted kappa was 0.76. The results of this study indicate that HC 2 testing is reproducible even among cytologically normal women with low test values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1088-1090
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Microbiology (medical)


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