The same cervical cells collected for a PAP
are used for an HPV test.

Pap smear (Traditional Pap and Liquid Based Cytology)

  • Looks for changes in the cells of the cervix which can take years to develop
  • In most countries, test is recommended every 1-3 years
  • Sample collection is performed by gynecologist or family doctor, only takes a few minutes and should not cause any pain
  • A Pap smear is not enough to evaluate your risk for cervical cancer as it can miss up to fifty percent of cases of pre-cancer and cancer

High-risk HPV Test

  • Looks for the presence of 14 high-risk HPV types that could cause cervical cancer
  • Some tests identify HPV 16 and 18 separately which together are responsible for about 70% of all cases of cervical cancer
  • If tested negative for high-risk HPV, testing can be done every 3 years
  • Can be done with or separately from a Pap smear
  • Sample collection is performed by a gynecologist or family doctor, only takes a few minutes and should not cause any pain
  • Can detect the risk of pre-cancer even before changes appear in the cells of the cervix
  • Tell your friends about HPV 16 and 18 and the importance of testing. Early detection can help save you from cervical cancer!

    Act now!

Together, HPV 16 and 18 contribute about 70% of all cervical cancer cases.

Know the statistics

Why do I need a test for HPV 16 and 18 if I have already had a Pap smear?

Getting tested