An HPV test is a molecular test that detects the presence or absence of viral HPV DNA in a patient’s sample. Color’s HPV test is performed on a simple non-invasive urine sample, which can be collected at home.
A Pap test, or Pap smear, is a procedure that involves collecting cells from the cervix – the lower, narrow end of the uterus that's at the top of the vagina. These cells are then examined by a healthcare provider to look for signs of cervical cancer. A Pap test must be performed by a healthcare provider as part of an in-person appointment.
Either HPV testing or Pap tests are recommended as appropriate first-line screenings for cervical cancer.