This test may be
used with the Pap test to screen for cervical cancer in women aged 30
years and older. It also is used to provide more information when a
Pap test has unclear results. If you have HPV, follow your doctor’s
advice for further testing.
• Get the HPV vaccine if you are at an age when it is recommended. It protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers. It is given in a series of three shots. The vaccine is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls. (Note: The vaccine can be given to girls and boys beginning at age 9, according to the CDC and AAP websites.) It also is recommended for girls and women aged 13 through 26 years who did not get any or all of the shots when they were younger.
Announcement: Prostate and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month --- September 2011. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 13, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6034a6.htm
Committee. Gynecologic Cancers Background Information | Women's Cancer Network. Foundation for Women's Cancer. Retrieved July 13, 2012, from http://www.wcn.org/media/background.html
Gynecological Cancer. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 12, 2012, from www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge/pdf/CDC_GYN_Comprehensive_Brochure.pdf
Reviewed on July 13, 2012
by Maryann Gromisch, RN
Edited by Jody Smith
For additional information on cervical cancer prevention and HPV testing, please visit www.theHPVtest.com.