HPV testing checks for signs of HPV (human papillomavirus), an infection that causes warts to break out in various parts of the body. These warts, or papillomas, are mostly non-cancerous, but some types of HPV have been known to cause cancer. HVP includes a group of more than 150 viruses, which is why testing is so important. HPV testing can help determine if you have human papillomavirus and which type you have. During the test, cells are lightly brushed or scraped off the cervix.
HPV immunizations can prevent infection by certain kinds of HPV through the use of vaccines. Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems as a result, and if they do, 9 out of 10 infections are resolved within two years. Despite that positive outlook, HPV immunization is recommended in order to prevent cancers of the throat, anus, vulva, vagina and cervix in women, and the penis, throat and anus in men.
At VIVA! GYN, Dr. Palacio recommends that younger women through the age of 26 get the HPV vaccine, if they haven’t already been vaccinated. If you are between the ages of 35-60, Dr. Palacio recommends that you get an HPV test along with your Pap test (also known as co-testing) every 5 years to check for cervical cancer. Please ask Dr. Palacio about the possibility of co-testing when you schedule your appointment.
Common Myths About HPV
You CANNOT get human papillomavirus from:
- Swimming pools or hot tubs
- Toilet seats
- Being unclean
- Sharing food or utensils
- Human contact such as hugging or holding hands
Instead, HPV is mainly spread by skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity (including oral sex). Anyone who has had sexual contact can get HPV, and infections are more likely for those who have had multiple sexual partners. The transmission of human papillomavirus from mother to child during birth can happen, but it is rare.
HPV Testing and Immunizations in Central Oregon
We provide HPV testing and immunizations to women at our clinic in Bend, OR. Give us a call at (541) 323-3747 to schedule your appointment. You can also use the form below to schedule online. A member of our staff will be in touch with you within 1 business day to confirm your appointment.