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Posted by: Adam | 2008-12-21

hpv

If a woman has specifically been checked for hpv and the tests have proved negative, does that mean she doesn' t have hpv? or is it possible for it to be undetectable?

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There are about 130 strains of Human Papilloma Virus and some of them are transmitted through sexual intercourse. Infections with these strains may result in genital warts and cancer of the mouth of the womb (cervix). Regular Pap smears (test on the cells of the cervix) will help detect early cellular changes. If the Pap smear is negative and there are no other lesions, this is sufficient. Consistent condom use prevents transmission. Many people are exposed to the virus and build up antibodies but do not have symptoms. Women between 12 and 25 should consider HPV immunisation which will greatly reduce the incidence of cervical cancers related to this virus.

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