|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.