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Should I get tested for HPV?

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If you’re healthy, doctors don’t routinely test for HPV. For women, the Pap test doesn’t check for HPV. It looks for changes in cells in your cervix. If you have certain changes in those cells, your doctor may ask the lab to check for the virus. If you’re over age 30 and your Pap is normal, your doctor may still test you for HPV. This is called “co-testing.” If you have HPV and abnormal cervical cells, your doctor might order more tests right away. If you have HPV but your Pap results are normal, you may also need to get checked again in a year.

From: How Do I Know If I Have HPV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Barbara Levy, MD, gynecologist, St. Francis Women's Health Center, Seattle

FDA: "HPV (human papillomavirus)."

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

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

News release, FDA: "FDA Approves Expanded Use of HPV Test."  

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Practice Bulletin on Human Papillomavirus,” "Cervical Cancer Screening."

CDC: “Human Papillomavirus: Questions and Answers.”

American Cancer Society: “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Barbara Levy, MD, gynecologist, St. Francis Women's Health Center, Seattle

FDA: "HPV (human papillomavirus)."

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

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

News release, FDA: "FDA Approves Expanded Use of HPV Test."  

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Practice Bulletin on Human Papillomavirus,” "Cervical Cancer Screening."

CDC: “Human Papillomavirus: Questions and Answers.”

American Cancer Society: “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 2, 2019

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