A 28-year-old female asked:
i am so scared that i will test positive for hpv and die from cervical cancer. i don't know what to do to calm my nerves. ?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Low risk: Women with hpv and ignore it and go for years without surveillance get cancer. Get it checked the sooner the better. If you are negative great if not this is an issue that can be helped without leading to cervical cancer.
Urology 16 years experience
Take heart.: Hpv infection is common, but only a few subtypes progress to cancer. There is also a long lead time from infection to cervical cancer, so active surveillance with pap smears and colposcopy can significantly reduce the chance of developing advanced disease. This is an important public health concern, but if you are proactive, practice safe sex, & do not let anxiety consume you, you'll be just fine.
Last updated Mar 27, 2017
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