FIRST, CHECK THAT IT’S REALLY AN HPV INFECTION
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.