Human Papillomavirus Testing

This is a test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a virus spread by sexual contact. Certain types of HPV increase your risk of getting cervical cancer . HPV is also the cause of genital warts. The HPV test is approved to detect some types of HPV on a woman's cervix. The cervix is located in back of the vagina. Currently, there is no test to screen men for this condition.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occur:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Foul vaginal odor, pain, or unusual vaginal discharge
    • Severe abdominal pain or swelling

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    This is a test to detect
    human papillomavirus
    (HPV). HPV is a
    virus spread by sexual contact. Certain types of HPV increase your risk of getting
    cervical cancer
    . HPV is also the cause of genital warts.

    The HPV test is approved to detect some types of HPV on a woman's cervix. The cervix is located in back of the vagina. Currently, there is no test to screen men for this condition.

    Cervix
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for the Test


    The HPV test is done if you are 21 years or older and have abnormal
    Pap smear
    results. If you are 30 years or older, your doctor may also use the HPV test along with the Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer.

  • Possible Complications

    There are no major complications associated with this test.