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what to do if i have atypical cells in my cervix and tested hpv positive?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Consultation time: Time for you to discuss the findings with your doc. These findings would usually lead to more frequent visits to monitor any move from atypical to precancerous.If it ever does, other choices would be presented to you.

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What is the difference between precancerous conditions and cancer of the cervix?

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if I have atypical cells in my cervix and tested HPV positive?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Colposcopy exam: Women with both abnormal pap test results and positive high risk hpv dna testing results should usually be referred for colposcopy. This is a procedure in which a doc or other provider examines the cervix with a magnifying lens and may perform biopsies of certain areas of the cervix to both diagnose and treat hpv related disease of the cervix. Hope this helps.

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