• I am HPV positive. Does this mean I could have cervical cancer?

    Asked by Julianna on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    I am HPV positive. Does this mean I could have cervical cancer?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes you could. But you could even if you were HPV negative. HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer, but not everyone with HPV has or gets cervical cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Julianna, Actually what that means is that you have tested positive for the virus Humanpapillomavirus. Whether you have a cervical cancer diagnosis is more than just a positive HPV test. There are many strains of HPV, so you might be at a higher risk of cervical dysplasia but this does not mean you have cervical cancer. Many viruses have the potential to cause a cancer. However because you have hepatitis does not always mean you have liver cancer, and if you have Epstein Barr virus (mono) doesnt always mean lymphoma. All it means is that you have a higher potiential to that disease but if you are monitored well, this does not have to be a serious issue. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      No, it means you have one of the risk factors for cervical cancer - BTW I tested positive for HPV 5 years ago, after another positive reading, I've been negative.

      over 4 years ago

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