What age do doctors test for HPV?


Doctors may test for HPV (human papillomavirus) in females starting at age 30 as part of routine cervical cancer screening with a Pap smear or HPV test, or in certain cases, such as if a woman has an abnormal Pap smear result. In males, there is currently no routine HPV screening test, but testing may be done if there are symptoms or if a person is at high risk for HPV-related cancers. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about your individual risk factors and when HPV testing may be appropriate for you.

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