Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Cancer, HPV Testing, and HPV Vaccines : Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you need to be tested for HPV before getting the vaccine?

No. Testing is not needed and it’s not recommended. A positive HPV test result doesn’t tell you which types of HPV are present. And even after infection with one type of HPV, the vaccine could still prevent other types of HPV infection. A negative test cannot tell you if you’ve had HPV in the past but no longer have it.

Last Medical Review: 05/02/2013
Last Revised: 05/02/2013