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What happens if you have HPV (human papillomavirus) that can lead to cancer?

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If your doctor finds that you have a type of HPV that can lead to cancer, he or she may suggest you get Pap tests more often to watch for signs of abnormal cell changes in the genital area. Abnormal cell changes in the cervix may be a warning sign cervical cancer. Your doctor may also do a test called a colposcopy, in which he or she uses a special magnifying device called a colposcope to look closely at your cervix, vagina, and vulva.

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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