A 19-year-old female asked:
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i'm 19 had pharyngitis, took a culture came back negative for bacteria. does this mean i have hpv infection? cancer?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Likely not HPV: Throat cultures are commonly sent to provide information about the source of a throat infection or red throat. Depending on what type of throat culture was sent, a variety of bacterial and viral causes are studied. If your culture was negative for bacteria, a virus is a likely cause. HPV infection and or cancer would be low on the list of possible causes!
Answered on May 21, 2015
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