A positive HPV test means that the test has detected the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA or RNA in your body. HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause a range of health problems, including genital warts and certain types of cancer.
It’s important to note that a positive HPV test does not necessarily mean that you have cancer or will develop cancer in the future. In fact, most people who are infected with HPV will not develop cancer or any other health problems related to the infection.
If you have a positive HPV test result, your healthcare provider will likely recommend follow-up testing and/or additional screening to determine the next steps in your care. This may include further HPV testing, a colposcopy (a procedure that allows a healthcare provider to closely examine the cervix), or a biopsy (a procedure to remove a small sample of tissue for analysis). Your healthcare provider will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs and circumstances.