Pap and HPV test results don’t have to be confusing. Learn what your results mean* so you can be informed when
discussing next steps with your doctor.  

Test Result

What it means

What happens next?

Because both your HPV test and Pap is negative, your risk of having cervical cancer is low.

Your doctor will ask you to return for another Pap and HPV test, but possibly not for another five years.

The result of your test for abnormal cells is not conclusive or shows some slight changes. However because your HPV test is negative, your risk of having cervical cancer is less.

Your doctor will ask you to return for another Pap and HPV test, but possibly not for another five years.

The result of your test for abnormal cells is negative. As your high risk HPV test result is positive, there is an increased risk of cervical cancer, however, you are negative to HPV 16 and 18 – the two highest risk types.

Your doctor may ask you to return for another Pap and HPV test in a year.

Even though the result for your test for abnormal cells is negative, your infection with HPV16/18 puts you at increased risk of cervical cancer.

Your doctor may refer you for a colposcopy to further investigate if you have any cancer lesions.

The result of your test for abnormal cells is not conclusive or shows some slight changes. However, together with a positive HPV test means there is an increased risk of cervical cancer.

Your doctor may refer you for a colposcopy to further investigate if you have any cancer lesions.

Your pap test has shown abnormal changes in the cells and this may be a sign of pre-cancer.

Your doctor may refer you for a colposcopy to further investigate.

* According to the ACS/AScCP/ASCP Guidelines (US)

  • 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