Free Take a Test-Not the Risk Bracelet for women and teenage girls... a reminder that you can be disease stricken when you are sexually active even when you use a condom! If you didn't know that, check out this site and sign up for the bracelet. There is a lot of good information on the site as well.
This topic is dear to me as I worked in an OB/GYN office for six years and we saw it everyday. You can carry HPV for years with no signs or symptoms and normal pap tests and then one day it becomes active and starts causing the cells on you cervix to change. That is why it is so important to have paps done on a regular basis even if you are no longer sexually active. You may be fine for 20+ years and one day, Bingo!, changes start to happen. It's important to catch those changes early so that it can be stopped before it becomes a serious problem.
Also keep in mind that there are some new vaccines out to help prevent the most common/serious forms of HPV. They are better served to be given before someone becomes sexually active, but can have some benefits if you already are. Talk to your doctor about your options.
To see a website for one of the vaccines, click on the I CHOSE above.