The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) frequently creates new educational tools for people to learn about their health. One of the major areas of work is in the area of sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
Today I came across a recently posted section called “Making sense of your Pap and HPV test results” that I wanted to share with you.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) has been getting increasing press and media attention in the US since Gardasil (a vaccine that prevents four HPV strains) came onto the market – however, most women (and men) who are sexually active have already been exposed to HPV, and Pap tests are still recommended for women regardless of whether they have ever had sex or had the vaccine (women should ask their healthcare provider how often they should be having Pap tests).
Many women and their partners have questions about the Pap test, or about the newer HPV test which can tell a woman whether she has HPV and, if so, which strains (e.g., those that are most linked to genital warts or those that are more often linked to, but do not necessarily cause, cervical cancer).
For more HPV information, information about the HPV test and Pap tests, check out the CDC’s special web site on these topics.