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Human Papillomavirus Testing
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Human Papillomavirus Testing?

This is a test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a virus that can be spread by sexual contact. Certain types of HPV increase your risk of getting cervical cancer . HPV is also the cause of genital warts.

The HPV test is approved to detect some types of HPV on a woman's cervix (back of the vagina). Currently, there is no test to screen men for this condition.

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Call Your Doctor

After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Foul vaginal odor, pain, or unusual vaginal discharge
  • Severe abdominal pain or swelling

In case of emergency, call 911.