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What increases the risk of getting Abnormal Pap Test?

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Most cervical cell changes that cause an abnormal Pap test are the result of sexual transmission of HPV disease. High-risk sexual behaviors by you or your partner at some time, possibly even many years ago, may lead to HPV infection. High-risk sexual behaviors increase your risk of infections and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

High-risk sexual behaviors include:

  • Starting sexual intercourse at an early age (before age 18).
  • Having sex without using a condom, which increases your risk of being infected with:
  • Having multiple sex partners in a lifetime.
  • Having sexual intercourse with someone who has had multiple sex partners.

Other risk factors that may also play a role in increasing your risk for cervical cell changes include:

If you have had one abnormal Pap test result, you may be at higher risk for having another abnormal Pap test in the future.

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