Dr. Marianne Marchese, a naturopath whose practice is in Phoenix, Arizona, speaks clearly and plainly about the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a subject that many find confusing and frightening.
Dr. Marchese helps to dispel some of the misconceptions and fears that exist about this virus. The HPV virus causes cervical cancer, as well as milder changes in the cervix that may need attention from a doctor. She explains why it is that sometimes a doctor will check for HPV and sometimes they don't.
"The new guidelines in standards of care are that all women over the age of 30, when they get their Pap smear, automatically get tested for the human papillomavirus, and then women under the age of 30, when they go for their annual Pap smear, they don’t always get the human papillomavirus tested. It depends on their individual risk factors or often times they will later test for the human papillomavirus if the Pap smear comes back abnormal."