What if my cervical screening test shows HPV infection?

If your cervical screening test results show human papilloma virus (HPV) infection and abnormal cells, you'll be referred for a detailed examination of your cervix called a colposcopy.

If your cervical screening test results show HPV infection but no abnormal cells, you'll be asked to come back for screening again in 12 months to see if the HPV has gone. Most HPV infections clear by themselves within two years.

Read more about getting your cervical screening test results and what happens next.

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Page last reviewed: 08/03/2016

Next review due: 08/03/2018