There is no blood test for genital HPV, but it can be tested for by taking a sample of cells.
Genital HPV testing is part of cervical screening, which is offered to all women aged 25 to 64.
Read more about cervical screening.
In men, there’s currently no reliable test for HPV infection and it's often very difficult to diagnose, as there are no symptoms for high-risk HPV.
Some people who are known to be at a high risk of having anal HPV and of developing anal cancer may be offered an anal smear.
Genital warts are a sign of infection with low-risk types of HPV and can be diagnosed in men as well as women.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.