HPV can be passed through sexual contact. You are at risk even if:
- You have only had one sexual partner
- You use a condom
- You have not had sexual contact for many years
HPV may be present in your body for up to 10 years before any changes in the cells are detected by your Pap smear.
There are generally no symptoms of HPV infection so it’s important to speak with your doctor about getting a high-risk HPV test that also detects HPV 16 and 18.
By detecting the pre-cancer stage early, your doctor can manage your risk of cervical cancer and make more informed decisions about treatment, which can ultimately save your life.
Women over 30 years of age are recommended to speak to their doctor about having an HPV test.