Diagnosis of HPV is very difficult as people generally show no symptoms. If a person sees a doctor for treatment of genital warts they are screened for HPV. Additionally, an abnormal pap smear can lead a physician to diagnose HPV. Sometimes, a piece of cervical tissue may be taken for microscopic examination as well. There is also a test that can detect the DNA of HPV and as such, can indicate an infection.

Mark Riegel, MD
Mark Riegel, MD

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