How do I know if I have HPV?
Most people have HPV at some time in their life but are never aware of it.
Having regular Pap tests is the only way to detect abnormal cells on the cervix caused by HPV. Abnormal cells that remain undetected and untreated could develop into cervical cancer.
Most women only become aware of having HPV when their Pap test shows some cell changes or if they are infected with HPV types that cause genital warts.
Genital warts are caused by low-risk HPV types and do not cause cervical cancer.