What preparations are associated with a cervical culture?
Women should not douche or take a bath within 24 hours of collection of a cervical or vaginal culture.
About 15 high-risk HPV types have been identified which can lead to cervical cancer. HPV types 16 and 18 are most commonly associated with cervical cancer and together are estimated to account for 70% of cervical cancer cases. The HPV-16 strain is thought to be a cause of about 50% of cervical cancers.