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How is HPV (human papillomavirus) diagnosed if you're a woman?

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If you’re a woman, your doctor may swab cells from your cervix, just like when you get a Pap test, and send them to a lab for testing. This analysis looks for genetic material, or DNA, of HPV within the body's cells. It can find the HPV types that can cause problems. There’s no similar test for the strains of HPV that cause cancer in men.

From: What’s the Treatment for HPV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

American Social Health Association: "HPV: Cervical Dysplasia: Questions & Answers."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Human Papillomavirus."

Joan Walker, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport.

American Social Health Association fact sheets: "HPV: Myths and Misconceptions," "HPV: Genital Warts: Questions and Answers," and "HPV: Cervical Dysplasia Questions & Answers." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

American Social Health Association: "HPV: Cervical Dysplasia: Questions & Answers."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Human Papillomavirus."

Joan Walker, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport.

American Social Health Association fact sheets: "HPV: Myths and Misconceptions," "HPV: Genital Warts: Questions and Answers," and "HPV: Cervical Dysplasia Questions & Answers." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

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