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    I’ve been diagnosed with HPV virus, does this mean I will get cervical cancer?

    I'm 22 years old and the doctor recently diagnosed me with HPV, does this mean i will get cervical cancer? Am i at higher risk of getting it?
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    ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    No not necessarily. 80% of people who are sexually active will have come into contact with HPV at some point in their lives- it is very very common. Most of us won't even know we have or had it. There are over 100 types of HPV and you can be infected with more than one type at any one time and not even know about it. For most people, their body's natural immune system will fight off the virus.

    There are some types of HPV though (types 16 and 18 specifically) that cause  70-80% of cervical cancers. So the fact that you have HPV does not mean you will necessarily get cervical cancer but that it is a good idea to have your regular 2-yearly Pap tests to ensure that the virus does leave your system naturally.

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