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Cervical Cancer Screening with the HPV Test and the Pap Test in Women Ages 30 and Older

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“I see my doctor regularly for a Pap test. This year, my doctor told me the test was abnormal. He also said I have HPV. I was confused. What does this mean?”

What Does My HPV Test Result Mean?

Your HPV test will come back as either “positive” or “negative”.

  • A negative HPV test means you do not have an HPV type that is linked to cervical cancer.
  • A positive HPV test means you do have an HPV type that may be linked to cervical cancer. This does not mean you have cervical cancer now. But it could be a warning.

HPV test results are meaningful only with your Pap test results.

 
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