How Gynecology Visits Change Throughout Your Life

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When is HPV a concern?

“I reassure patients with an abnormal pap that HPV is pretty much a part of the norm. It’s a very common aspect of life. The question is whether or not it’s affecting your cervical cells – the cells that line your cervix or vagina,” explains Dr. Gray. “The low-risk HPV viruses, which are not usually tested for, are viruses that don’t cause as much damage as far as likelihood of causing cervical cancer. They can cause genital warts. But people aren’t usually worried about warts if they aren’t presenting.”

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