If the results are negative and the test shows no high risk
HPV, there is currently no risk of cervical cancer. However, it’s still
important to attend your surgery for regular smear tests.
If the results are positive, you carry a high risk HPV
A positive test for
a high risk HPV type does not mean
that you will develop cervical cancer.
Up to 8 out of 10 people will be infected with the virus at
some point in their lives but for most people, the body will clear the
infection on its own and they will never know they had it.
At the moment, a positive HPV test would not indicate
a smear unless that patient was already due their routine 3 yearly (or sooner
if previous abnormal) smears.
However, you should contact your GP for follow-up
tests to check for abnormal cells in your cervix if you have missed your regular
smear test. Women who carry the virus for a long period of time run an
increased risk of cell changes and cervical cancer. Detecting an infection at
an early stage allows for treatment.