It depends! HPV is tricky because it can only be tested in females; there is no test for males. Females can be tested for HPV through something called a pap smear, which is a swab of the cervix. A doctor or nurse uses a small brush to gently take some cells from your cervix. The cells are sent to a lab to be tested, and that’s where HPV would show up if you had it. Women normally start having pap smears around age 21, and usually every three years after that. If you are concerned about HPV, feel free to make an appointment to discuss your options with one of our providers.