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I am HPV Positive, does this mean I will develop cervical cancer?

No. During our lives, 4 out of 5 (80%) of us will get some type of HPV. Most of us will never know we had it. Around 90% of HPV infections clear within 2 years.

HPV is usually cleared by the body itself without treatment. For a small number of individuals, their body will not be able to get rid of HPV. Where people have a HPV infection for a long time, this can cause the cells of the cervix to change.  

It normally takes many years for cervical cancer to develop from any cell changes that may happen in the cervix.  Screening every five years can pick up these changes before they become cancer.