Understanding your cervical cancer test screening results
Nobody should ever feel ashamed of a positive HPV result. By learning what your Pap and HPV test results mean, you will be better prepared to discuss next steps for cervical cancer prevention with your healthcare provider. Download a PDF version of this web page here.
How to Assess Your Risk for Cervical Disease -- What to Expect Next -- Based on HPV Screening Results*
HPV screening can help your doctor identify if you are at risk for cervical cancer. If you receive a positive test result, it’s normal to feel anxious or worried. However, it’s important to remember that a positive HPV test result does not automatically mean that you already have, or will develop, cervical cancer. Talk to your doctor or nurse, who will discuss next steps with you.
It’s important to remember that abnormalities can usually be treated easily and successfully if detected early. If untreated there is a greater chance of developing cervical cancer.1
Screening with both an HPV test and Pap cytology together (Co-test)
*Your healthcare provider may also rely on additional information to assess risk, such as age, medical history and prior screening results
Certain abnormal results may lead to more aggressive patient management, including immediate treatment as appropriate
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1 Australian Government Department of Health. National Cervical Screening Program. A guide to understanding your cervical screening test results Available at: http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing. nsf/Content/guide-to-understanding-your-cervical-screening-test-results (accessed 23/08/18).