HPV (human papillomavirus) tests are recommended for certain individuals, depending on their age, sex, and medical history. Here are some guidelines:
- Women aged 30 and over: HPV testing is recommended for women aged 30 and over as part of their cervical cancer screening. This is because HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer.
- Women under 30: HPV testing is not routinely recommended for women under 30 because HPV infections in this age group are usually temporary and resolve on their own.
- Individuals with abnormal Pap test results: If a woman has an abnormal Pap test result, her healthcare provider may recommend an HPV test to determine if the abnormal result is due to an HPV infection.
- Individuals with a history of genital warts or other HPV-related conditions: If an individual has a history of genital warts or other HPV-related conditions, their healthcare provider may recommend an HPV test to monitor for any recurrence.
It’s important to discuss with your healthcare provider if an HPV test is appropriate for you based on your individual medical history and risk factors.