Frequently Asked Questions
How is HPV detected?
 
  Many people have HPV infections but don't know it. HPV can go away without causing any problems. To detect HPV, health care providers look for dysplasia or genital warts.

A Pap test (or smear) is used to check a woman's cervix. It can also be used to check the anus of men and women. They are mixed into liquid and examined under a microscope. The cells are examined for abnormalities that may indicate abnormal cell changes, such as dysplasia or cancer.