What happens if I find out I have sexually transmitted HPV?

Individuals who test positive for High Risk HPV will need to have a Pap Smear test to screen the cervix for pre-cancerous changes that may be present. No treatment is needed for High Risk HPV, but treatment may be needed if certain pre-cancerous changes are found on the Pap Smear. This treatment can range from destroying the pre-cancerous lesions (known as laser ablation or cryo-ablation) or surgical removal of the pre-cancerous lesions (known as a LEEP or Cone procedure). Testing for Low Risk HPV is rarely done because individuals who test positive do not necessarily require additional treatment, unless it is for genital warts, which is handled by a healthcare professional.

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