Abnormal Pap Test
What Increases Your Risk
Most cervical cell changes that cause an Reference abnormal Pap test Opens New Window 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. Reference High-risk sexual behaviors increase your risk of infections and Reference sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Opens New Window.
Other risk factors that may also play a role in increasing your risk for cervical cell changes include:
- Having an Reference impaired immune system Opens New Window.
- Having multiple full-term pregnancies (high parity).
- Being exposed to Reference diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero, though this is rare.
If you have had one abnormal Pap test result, you may be at higher risk for having another abnormal Pap test in the future.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology