- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- What is HPV?
- How do you get genital HPV?
- How common is HPV? Who gets it?
- What are the symptoms of HPV?
- Can HPV be treated?
- Can HPV be prevented?
- What are the risk factors for genital HPV?
- HPV and cancer
- What about other HPV-related diseases?
- Testing for HPV
- If you test positive for HPV, what does it mean?
- Will HPV affect my pregnancy or my baby?
- Why should women over age 30 with normal test results change to co-testing every 5 years and start doing HPV testing? Is that safe?
- HPV vaccines
- Who should be vaccinated and when?
- What are the benefits of the vaccines?
- How much do the HPV vaccines cost? Are they covered by health insurance plans?
- Do you need to be tested for HPV before getting the vaccine?
- Do women and girls who have been vaccinated still need Pap tests?
- Can cervical cancer be prevented without a vaccine?
- Is the American Cancer Society in favor of vaccinating against HPV?
- Do you want more information?
Do women and girls who have been vaccinated still need Pap tests?
Yes. Females who get vaccinated will still need Pap tests because the vaccines do not prevent all types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. If your daughter or granddaughter gets the vaccine, she will still need to have Pap tests at the scheduled times to check for cervical cancer.
See Cervical Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection for the American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines.
If girls who are vaccinated will still need a Pap test, why should they get vaccinated?
Even though Pap tests are needed, the vaccines can prevent about 70% of cervical cancers. But there are still other types of HPV that can cause changes in the cervix cells. The Pap test does not keep the cells in the cervix from changing – but it can find the changes before they become cervical cancer. This means that if a woman has an abnormal Pap test, she will have other tests done and then treatment to keep the changed cells from becoming cancer.
Last Medical Review: 05/02/2013
Last Revised: 05/02/2013