Human Papillomavirus Testing
(HPV Testing; Testing, HPV; Testing, Human Papillomavirus)
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Reasons for the Test
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Prior to Test
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
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- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Foul vaginal odor, pain, or unusual vaginal discharge
- Severe abdominal pain or swelling
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/For%5FPatients
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/STD
Sex Information and Education Council of Canada http://www.sieccan.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sexualityandu.ca
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010. MMWR . 2010;59(No. RR-12):1-110.
Genital HPV infections—CDC fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm . Updated March 18, 2012. Accessed May 30, 2013.
HPV and men—fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/STD/hpv/STDFact-HPV-and-men.htm#testforwomen . Updated February 23, 2012. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Human papillomavirus testing. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/human-papillomavirus-hpv/diagnosis-tests.html . Updated December 2010. Accessed May 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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