Human Papillomavirus - HPV Test

This test checks for the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.




This test checks for the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.



This test checks for the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.

  • HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.
  • High-risk HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer.

Anyone who has any type of sex can catch HPV. It is extremely common and highly contagious.

  • Most people who have HPV will never know it. It often doesn't cause any symptoms, and the body usually clears the infection within a couple of years.
  • If you have been diagnosed with HPV, don't assume that you got it from your current partner. The virus can lie dormant in your body for an extended period of time.
  • The HPV test can be used together with the PAP test to screen for cervical cancer.

A HPV test involves taking some cells from the cervix with a swab or brush. You may feel some discomfort when the specimen is taken.

  • Schedule the test for a time when you won't be having your period.
  • You should not have intercourse, douche or bathe before the test.
  • Prior to the test you may be asked to empty your bladder.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

STI
STD
Sexually Transmitted Infection
Laboratory Work
Human Papillomavirus - HPV Test
Human Papilloma Virus
HPV
Genital Warts
Cervical Cancer Screening


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