Monday, August 23, 2010

HPV Testing: Protect Yourself and Your Family

My daughter and I are visiting the family pediatrician for back-to-school preparation, and will be having an important conversation about the HPV Vaccine. Our medical professional advocates for young girls to receive the vaccine, and we will be exploring this important health resource for our daughter. I will also be looking into HPV Testing to learn more about empowering myself and female adult family members/friends to ensure their awareness:

Women 30 and older are their own health advocates by proactively asking their doctor about receiving the digene HPV test along with their Pap smear. Visit the link to - and mention some of the benefits of visiting the site such as the educational materials and insurance information.

In the meantime, learn more about HPV testing at Here you can watch doctor-produced videos, browse frequently-asked-questions, access tips on "what your test results mean" and download/link to educational materials

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the QIAGEN digene HPV test. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.


While you’re learning about the HPV vaccine for your daughter…
…Learn about HPV testing to protect yourself from cervical cancer
• THE PAP TEST looks at a sample of cells taken from a woman's cervix for any cell changes or abnormalities. Pap
testing should begin at age 21.
• THE HPV TEST is conducted from the same sample as the Pap and identifies women with high-risk HPV infections
that can cause cervical cancer. When used with a Pap in women 30 and older, the HPV test increases the ability to
identify who is at risk of developing cervical cancer.
LINKS: HELPFUL WEB RESOURCES ON CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION - Web site focuses on the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer through HPV screening
and Pap testing. Site includes frequently-asked-questions, patient stories, and tips on “what your test results mean.”
o Follow us on Twitter: @HPVinformed
o Facebook page: – The Yellow Umbrella Organization is founded by cervical cancer survivor and “rocker”
Christine Baze, who takes her music and story on the road to educate women about cancer prevention. Also, visit Christine’s site to purchase a Yellow Umbrella make-up kit to raise money for cervical cancer prevention. - HealthyWomen is the nation’s leading independent health information source for women.
Recently listed as one of Forbes’ top 100 websites for women, has resources on many women’s health
issues, including comprehensive info on cervical and gynecologic cancers. - The Pearl of Wisdom™ Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer is a global partnership to raise
awareness of tools for preventing cervical cancer and advocate for making them available to girls and women worldwide.
Buy a pin, send an e-card, and download educational materials.
The digene HPV Test
HPV vaccines are for girls and young women ages 9–26 to help protect against the two types of HPV that are most
commonly associated with cervical cancer. These vaccines are a powerful tool to help protect today’s girls —
tomorrow’s generation of women — from cervical cancer.
But what tools are out there for women today who may be at risk? Learn about what you can do to protect yourself
against cervical cancer:
• If you are age 30 or older, ask your doctor for the digene HPV Test together with your Pap test.
• If both tests come back normal, then the tests don’t need to be repeated for 3 years. But remember to return each
year for your annual health exam.
• If one or both tests come back abnormal, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. It simply enables
your healthcare provider to monitor you more closely or treat pre-cancerous cells before cervical cancer develops.
• HPV testing isn’t necessary for women younger than 30, because HPV infections in young women usually go away
on their own without causing problems. Women under 30 will only have HPV testing if their Pap test is inconclusive.
Trademarks: QIAGEN, digene (QIAGEN Group); Pearl of Wisdom™ (European Cervical Cancer
Association).<> <> ©2010 QIAGEN Group

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