FIRST, CHECK THAT IT’S RE­ALLY AN HPV IN­FEC­TION

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A Pap smear can tell you that ab­nor­mal cells are present in your cervix, but this doesn’t mean you’ll get can­cer. Those ab­nor­mal cells could be due to a vi­ral or bac­te­rial in­fec­tion, or even in­flam­ma­tion. Plus, there’s up to a 30 per cent chance that the test is in­ac­cu­rate.

That’s why doc­tors rec­om­mend that you test for HPV in­fec­tion at the same time as your Pap smear (it’ll cost $100 more). Check your Pap smear re­sult against this. A pos­i­tive test re­sult for HPV in­fec­tion might be cause for worry.

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