With most clinics, HPV test results are only available after 3-7 working days. These real-time PCR Rapid HPV test results are available by next working day.
Should I get tested?
As most people who are infected do not have any symptoms, you may have been infected without knowing it and you may transmit it to your sexual partners. Testing is recommended especially for the women who are sexually active and men who engage in sex with men.
Do I need to prepare anything before doing the test?
No. All that is required is that the doctor will use a brush to collect some cells from the cervix of women or cells from the area of the penis in men or cells from the anus of both sexes.
For women, you can also opt to do a pap smear together with the same test. So you do not need to be subjected to 2 separate procedures as the same brush can be used to send for both tests.
Is it painful?
Generally it is a painless procedure to take the samples as we are just brushing the surface of the sample areas.