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A 28-year-old female asked:

Does hpv automatically mean cancer in the future? is it a lifetime disease? what are other causes for an abnormal pap besides chlamydia?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 17 years experience
Relationship complex: Hpv does not automatically mean cancer. The relationship between cancer formation & hpv infection is complex, as there are many subtypes of hpv: some carry a high risk of cancer, while others do not. Most hpv infections are lifelong, making vaccination an important part of the public health discussion. For a list of conditions that could result in an abnormal pap smear, see the link below.
Dr. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm commented
Urology 17 years experience
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From the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq161.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130304T1137439834
Mar 4, 2013
Last updated Sep 12, 2017

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