Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus. Papillomavirus infections are very common, and most people are carriers without even knowing it. There are a hundred known types of HPV, of which 16 are considered dangerous and have a proven causal relationship to cervical cancer.
Some types of papillomavirus cause genital warts. These are not related to cancer, but you should report them to your doctor as they may report papillomavirus infection in your cervix.
Almost everyone comes in contact with the papillomavirus at one time or another. In most cases, the virus is eliminated in a few months (like other viruses, such as colds or flu). But in a small minority of women, it is not eliminated. The risk of developing abnormalities of the cervix is then higher than normal. Persistent papillomavirus infection can lead to cellular changes and, if untreated, can lead to cancer of the cervix.
We propose to perform a molecular biology test by PCR, allowing you to search for papillomaviruses that may be responsible for cervical cancer.