What should I ask my doctor about human papillomavirus (HPV)?

The following are questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider about human papillomavirus (HPV):
  • What is HPV?
  • What cervical cancer screening tests do I need at this exam?
  • (If you are 21 to 29 years of age) If my Pap test results are not normal, will you do an HPV test?
  • If I have an abnormal Pap test, does this mean I have HPV?
  • (If you are 30 or older) Are you doing both an HPV test and a Pap test together?
  • Will the HPV test tell me if I have the two most high-risk types of HPV -- HPV 16 or 18?
  • What happens next if my HPV test shows that I have HPV?
  • I want to know my test results, even if everything comes back fine. How can I get the results?
  • Since I no longer need annual Pap tests, what tests will you do during my annual visit?
Can I get the HPV vaccine?

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