Not everyone with HPV will get cervical cancer but most cases are caused by HPV.5
The tests for cervical cancer screening are the HPV test and Pap test.5,8
The Primary HPV test is an HPV test that is done by itself for screening. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved certain tests to be primary HPV tests.10
The HPV test looks for infection by high-risk types of HPV that are more likely to cause precancers and cancers of the cervix.10
The Pap test looks at the cells taken from the cervix to find changes that might be cancer or pre-cancer.5
People at average risk ages 65+ should stop testing if tests for the past 10 years were normal.
People who got the HPV vaccine should follow the same screening plan.9