HPV (or human papilloma virus) infections are the most common type of sexually transmitted infection. Even if you have this infection, you will not necessarily get cervical cancer. The majority of cervical cancers do involve the presence of the HPV virus, but almost everyone who gets the HPV virus will get rid of the infection themselves or will not have a progression to cervical cancer. You will most likely need more testing over time to see if you have cleared (or fought off) the HPV virus or if the virus has caused changes in your cervical skin cells that could lead to cancer. If you have the HPV infection, stopping smoking, reducing your stress, and eating well are three things that you can do to help fight off the virus.
Clair McStacy, Certified Nurse-Midwife
Centra Medical Group Women’s Center
Forest | 434.385.8948