If your results are negative, this means the lab did not detect high risk HPV. Your risk of cervical cancer in the near future (next 3 years) is very low. Because of this, you likely do not need a pap smear or another HPV test for 3 years. However – if you develop unusual symptoms, we would recommend you follow up with for further testing.
If your results are positive for 1 or more of the strains of high risk HPV – this means you are at increased risk for cervical cancer – and we would recommend you follow-up with your local healthcare provider, gynecologist or Planned Parenthood for additional screening – including a cervical pap smear or a colposcopy.