HPV in women

HPV in women is an important subject due to the nature of HPV and susceptibility of women to cervical cancer. HPV has the ability to cause changes in the cervix which can and will lead to cervical cancer if not caught. Fortunately, with regular and routine pap smears per-cancerous conditions can be treated and eradicated; however, it is estimated that in 2012 there will be 12,170 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States. Of these 12,170 there are a predicted 4,220 deaths. The good news is that these deaths are highly preventable but are dependent on action.

The pre-cancerous cells when found is known as cervical dysplasia. From the initial infection of HPV the pre-cancerous cells may take several years to develop. It is so important to get regular pap smears because then the pre-cancerous condition can be caught early. When spotted early, you will have a high probability of cervical cancer avoidance. Your outlook will be favorable and you will have dodged a bullet.

The old recommendation was that women have their first pap test three years after beginning sexual intercourse. The newer revised guidelines now recommend that women have their first Pap test at age 21. This recommendation is by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women should talk to their doctor about when and how often they should have subsequent pap tests during their initial visit.

With HPV in women some women have an annual pap smear test done while others may have one every two years. It is said if you are 30 years old and older and have had 3 normal pap tests for 3 years in a row, talk to your doctor about spacing out pap tests to every 3 years. If you are over age 65, ask your doctor if you can stop having a pap test. Click on pap test for more information. Back to hpv from hpv in women