HPV Test



Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing detects whether a woman's cervix is infected with the virus. The cervix is a canal that connects the lower part of the womb to the upper part of the vagina.

The HPV test is approved to detect some types of HPV on a woman's cervix. Currently, there is no test for men.

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Possible Complications

There are no major problems that could happen from this test.



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov 


Sex Information & Education Council of Canada http://www.sieccan.org 

Sexuality and U—The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sexualityandu.ca 


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