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Ask the doctor: Do I need an HPV test?

Updated: April 01, 2011

Q. I'm 50 years old and have never had an HPV test. Do I need one as part of my health screening?

A. The short answer to your question is, no, you don't need the HPV test for routine cervical cancer screening. However, it's complicated, and there have been some changes in screening guidelines for cervical cancer that women should know about.

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