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Anal Pap Test and HPV Screening

Molecular Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology

Test Code


CPT Code

85060, 85097, 88104

Transport Temperature and Stability

Room temperature 5 weeks for Pap test

Room temperature 30 days for HPV screening

Rejection Criteria

Specimens collected using alternative vials and or swabs, insufficient volumes, lubricant or blood, fecal matter, expired media

Transport Container / Specimen

Rectal specimen collected using a Dacron swab in a ThinPrep, Liquid Based Pap Vial, 20ml

Turn Around Time

2 - 5 days


  1. Insert the moistened tip of the Dacron swab approximately 2 to 3 inches into the anus.
  2. With firm pressure, rotate the swab against the rectal walls for 15 to 30 seconds.
  3. Carefully withdraw the swab and immediately place into the ThinPrep Pap Vial.
  4. Cap the vial tightly, label with two patient identifiers.

Test Setup

Monday - Friday (days)


Image guided screening and nucleic acid amplification of mRNA

Download the requisition.