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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
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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