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What does it mean if my results are negative or positive for high risk HPV?

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.

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