Getting an HPV test, Which Test
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Women under the age of 30 are not generally recommended to get these tests. When we pick treatment strategies we like to think that we are giving patients a permanent cure, and we are trying to cure the precancerous changes. And if you are the patient it's natural to believe you have been cured. So if you have been diagnosed with CIN III also known as carcinoma-in-situ, a pre-invasive cervical condition due to HPV what is the risk of not treating and what is your risk if you have been treated. In general we say there is about a 2% chance that the condition will progress to invasive cervical disease each year if you do not treat. If you treat, and have complete excision, the risk becomes almost negligible, but it's still there. It's about a 3-4/1000 chance (0.3-0.4%) that the disease will progress to invasive cancer. So essentially, the principal still holds, prevention is far superior to treatment. We lowere our risks considerably by getting the treatment. What we do not cure in all these cases is the actual infection with that inciting agent of the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) , thus the risk persists if you are someone who still has infection after a treatment for dysplasia, such as a LEEP procedure. You may be someone who could benefit from being tested.