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In the past pap tests lack the technology to detect the HPV virus. However, within the past 1-2 years pap tests with viral technology are available. It is possible that you have had the virus all along but not detected in previous pap smears.
The fact that you carry the HPV virus does not necessarily mean there is any abnormalities in your cervical cells.
In most cases this virus will clear, and your practitioner will just want to watch you a little more closely than usual, generally by retesting in six months. This is to ensure that the cervical cells indeed stay normal.
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Women with mild infections have no symptoms. Those with moderate to severe HPV infections have vaginal spotting, especially after intercourse.
There are no HPV tests for men at this time.
Yes, he can carry the virus. But in healthy individuals the virus is usually cleared by the immune system.