How Often Should I get Tested for HPV?

How Often Should I get Tested for HPV?

by Shearly (SU)
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is actually a group of over 150 viruses (divided into types and assigned a designating number) that are related to papillomas (warts). Some types of the HPV virus can cause warts, others are connected to certain forms of cancer. Both males and females can get cancers of the mouth and or throat, anus/rectum. Certain types can cause penile cancer in males and cervical, vaginal or vulvar cancer in women. There are vaccines that can prevent the 14 HPV types that are most closely associated with cancer. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that women between the ages of 21 to 30 should be tested for HPV every two to three years, even if your pap smear is normal. Many doctors are proactively performing the HPV test during pap smears and cervical exams.