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    How is HPV detected?

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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Abnormal changes to cells of the cervix, detected in a Pap smear result, alert us to the presence of the HPV virus. There are many strains of this virus and in most cases the immune system is able to clear the virus within one to two years.

    While there is a specific test for HPV it is only recommended and subsidised by the government in cases where women have already been treated for high grade abnormalities, to ensure the virus has gone. Otherwise, regular Pap smears are considered more useful for identifying early changes and managing them effectively.

    Kirsty
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
     
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
     
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer
     

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