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When should I get an HPV test?

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After age 30, you should get an HPV test at the same time as a pap test. This is called “co-testing,” and it’s the best way to detect early cervical cancer.

Experts recommend boys and girls get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 to protect them from ever getting HPV. The vaccine is given in three doses over about 9 months. Teens who didn’t get the vaccine when they were younger should also get the vaccine. Women can also get it up to age 26.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cervical Cancer is Preventable;” “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers;” and “What Should I Know About Screening?”

American Cancer Society: “Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide”  and “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Mayo Clinic. “Cervical Cancer.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Pap Test.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cervical Cancer is Preventable;” “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers;” and “What Should I Know About Screening?”

American Cancer Society: “Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide”  and “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Mayo Clinic. “Cervical Cancer.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Pap Test.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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