HPV infections don’t always lead to cervical cancer – it can often clear on its own, especially in women* under 30. According to Cancer Care Ontario’s recommendations, HPV screening is more appropriate for women who are:Over 30 years of ageHave not had a pap test in the last 3 years
Unless directed by a healthcare practitioner, women are generally recommended to test once every 3 years. This is because cervical cancer is a very slow developing disease, and testing too often can lead to unnecessary treatment. Women who have had the HPV vaccine should also be screening as regular.
*or anyone with a vagina that does not identify as a woman