Are all cervical dysplasias associated with HPV?

Christina S. Chu, MD
Last Modified: August 18, 2002

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Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
If you are told that you have Mild Cervical Dysplasia do you have HPV? 


Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

Most, but not all dysplasia lesions of the cervix are associated with an HPV infection. A biopsy or pap does not pick up all HPV infections. However, you should know that most people who are infected with HPV never develop cervical dysplasia. Your body's immune system can also clear the HPV infection. HPV is transmitted through sexual contact.

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