HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection with over 100 types. Some types of HPV cause genital warts, while others can lead to cancers in both men and women, including cervical, anal, penile, throat, vulvar, and vaginal cancers. Screening is particularly important for women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 years to protect against cervical cancer. Our STI Clinic in London provides HPV testing and guidance on treatment options for HPV-related issues such as cell changes in the cervix or genital warts. Get tested at our STI Clinic in London today at affordable cost.
HPV is very common, and many people contract it at some point in their lives. You don't need to have sexual contact with several people to get HPV; it can be contracted the first time you have sex. Common causes include:
Most people with HPV do not show any signs or symptoms, and the virus may go away on its own. This means you might not even know whether you or your partner has the virus. If you develop warts, you may notice fleshy growths, bumps, or skin changes that can appear anywhere in the anal or genital area. Warts can appear from three weeks to several months or even years after being infected with the virus.
HPV testing typically involves a cervical screening for those with a cervix. This screening is a swab test where a sample of cells is taken from the cervix. The sample is then tested for the presence of high-risk HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer. For individuals without a cervix, HPV tests may involve physical examination or biopsy of warts or suspicious areas.
You should avoid scheduling the screening during your menstrual period.
The HPV screening involves a cervical smear test. A speculum is used to hold the vaginal walls open so the doctor can collect cells from the cervix with a soft swab. The procedure is not painful.
We ask you how you prefer to receive the results to ensure full confidentiality. You may choose to get a call, receive an email, or have them posted to you. Alternatively, you can visit the clinic to collect them in person.
Getting tested is not only quick and easy, it’s the only way to know for sure
if you do or do not have an STD.
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) includes several high-risk types that are particularly known for their association with various cancers. These include:
While it is challenging to fully protect yourself against HPV, certain measures can help reduce the risk: