This test may be done: If you have genital warts, all of your sexual partners must be examined by a health care provider and treated if warts are found.
Regular Pap smears are recommended if you are a woman who has had genital warts, or if your partner had them.If you had warts on your cervix, you may need to have Pap smears every 3 to 6 months after the first treatment. Women with precancerous changes caused by HPV infection may need further treatment. Genital warts are soft growths on the skin and mucus membranes of the genitals. Some cause warts on other parts of the body and not the genitals.They may be found on the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix, and around and in the anus. The virus that causes genital warts is called human papillomavirus (HPV). Types 6 and 11 are most commonly linked to genital warts.
Certain other types of HPV can lead to precancerous changes in the cervix, or to cervical cancer. They can also lead to vaginal or vulvar cancer, anal cancer, and throat or mouth cancer.
Important facts about HPV: The health care provider will perform a physical exam. An office procedure called colposcopy is used to spot warts that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
It uses a light and a low-power microscope to help your health care provider find and then take samples (biopsy) of abnormal areas in your cervix.
The virus that causes genital warts can cause abnormal results on a Pap smear.
If you have these types of changes, you will probably need more frequent Pap smears for a while.
An HPV DNA test can tell if you have a high-risk type of HPV known to cause cervical cancer.