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Evaluation of HarmoniaHPV test for detection of clinically significant Human Papillomavirus infection using the VALGENT framework

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Aim: The VALidation of HPV GENotyping Tests (VALGENT) is a framework for comparison and validation of HPV tests with genotyping capabilities. In this study, the clinical performance of a single tube HPV test -HarmoniaHPV- was assessed in SurePath™ samples and compared to a clinically validated reference test, the GP5+/6+ Enzyme ImmunoAssay (GP5+/6 + EIA). Methods: HarmoniaHPV test is a real-time, PCR based, limited genotyping HPV test which detects 14 high-risk HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66 and 68 with HPV16, and HPV 18 reported individually. Clinical performance was assessed using 998 unselected, cervical screening samples enriched with 297 cytologically abnormal specimens (100 atypical squamous cells of unspecified significance, 100 low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, 97 high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions). Cases were defined as women diagnosed with histologically confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2 or more (≥CIN2, N = 122). Results: Using the manufacturer recommended (un-adjusted) cut-offs, HarmoniaHPV had non-inferior sensitivity for detection of ≥ CIN2 but showed inferior specificity. A cut-off optimisation exercise was therefore carried out and optimised cut-offs for each individual channel rendered a sensitivity and specificity of HarmoniaHPV that was non-inferior to GP5+/6 + EIA. Analytically, the test showed excellent intra- and inter-laboratory reproducibility, which improved further with the use of the optimised cut-offs. Conclusion: HarmoniaHPV when operated with optimised cut-offs fulfils the international clinical criteria for use in cervical cancer screening on SurePath samples. The optimised cut-offs warrant additional testing and independent validation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114161
JournalJournal of Virological Methods
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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  • HarmoniaHPV, HPV screening, HRHPV, Valgent

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