Who should screen for HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus responsible for 99% of cervical cancers. However, infections are relatively common and don’t always lead to cervical cancer — HPV can often clear on its own, especially in younger women*. According to Cancer Care Ontario’s recommendations, HPV testing is most appropriate for women who are:

• Over 30 years of age 
• Have not had a pap test in the last 3 years

Unless directed by a healthcare practitioner, women are generally recommended to test once every 3 years. This is because cervical cancer tends to develop slowly, and testing too often may lead to unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment. Regular screening is still recommended for those who have had the HPV vaccination. Want to learn more about HPV? Click here.

*We recognize that not everyone with female anatomy identifies as a woman. Screening is equally important for trans and non-binary individuals. Learn more here.

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