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Is there value in testing for HPV when there are no obvious symptoms?

 Dr. Diane Harper
Health Education

Only if you are over 30 years old. If you want to space out your Pap testing to every 5 years, then ask your doctor to use both the HPV and Pap test. If both tests are negative/normal, then your chances of getting a precancerous lesion in the next 5 years is less than 5 per 1000.

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