HPV or Pap Test

  • Posted on: 20 October 2010
  • By: jleff

If I have a regular Pap test, do I also need an HPV test? I thought the Pap test covered HPV.

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Sources: About the Digene HPV Test. Qiagen. http://www.thehpvtest.com/About-the-digene-HPV-Test.html. Accessed August 2009. Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/screeningtables.pdf. Accessed August 2009.
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Is the HPV test Necessary?

  • Posted on: 28 July 2010
  • By: jleff

I'm 32 and have asked my health care provider for the HPV test, but she says I don't need it. Why?

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Sources Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendations and Rationale. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/cervcan/cervcanrr.htm. Cervical cytology screening. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 45. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2003;102:417-27. Gynecologic Problems: Human Papillomavirus Infection. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 2010. http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp073.cfm. Accessed June 7, 2010. Irwin K, Montano D, Kasprzyk D, et al. Cervical cancer screening, abnormal cytology management, and counseling practices in the United States. Obstet Gynecol. 2006;108(2):397-409. Wright TC Jr, Schiffman M, Solomon D, et al. Interim guidance for the use of human papillomavirus DNA testing as an adjunct to cervical cytology for screening. Obstet Gynecol. 2004;103:304-9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About the Digene HPV Test. Available at: http://www.thehpvtest.com/About-the-digene-HPV-Test.html Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What women with a positive HPV test result should know. Available at: www.cdc.gov/STD/HPV/common-clinicians/InsertPos.pdf.
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Bladder Control Problems

  • Posted on: 19 April 2010
  • By: Guest (not verified)

I'm an active, healthy woman in my mid-50s. I have noticed some bladder control problems when I exercise. I never thought I'd have this problem. Is this just part of getting older? I'm not ready for this!

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Preventive Screenings at Annual Checkup

  • Posted on: 26 January 2010
  • By: jleff

I just turned 30 and am going for my annual health checkup. What preventive health screenings should I expect?

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Sources: "Preventive Screening Tests and Immunizations: Screening Tests and Immunizations Guidelines for Women (Part 1 of 4)." The National Women's Health Information Center. http://www.womenshealth.gov/screeningcharts/general/. Accessed August 2009. "HPV." Lab Tests Online. http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/hpv/test.html. Accessed August 2009. "Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines." U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/screeningtables.pdf. Accessed August 2009. "Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III), Executive Summary." National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/atp3xsum.pdf. Accessed November 2009.
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Difference Between HPV Vaccine and HPV Test

  • Posted on: 23 October 2009
  • By: jleff

I'm confused. What's the difference between the HPV vaccine and the HPV test? Should I have both?

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Sources: Mayrand MH, Duarte-Franco E, Rodrigues I, et al. Human papillomavirus DNA versus Papanicolaou screening tests for cervical cancer. N Engl J Med. 2007 Oct 18;357(16):1579-88. McNeil DG. DNA Test Outperforms Pap Smear. New York Times. April 6, 2009. Runowicz CD, Garozzo S. Human papillomavirus testing for primary cervical cancer screening. Curr Oncol Rep. 2008 Nov;10(6):533-7. Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: HPV Vaccination. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated July 29, 2009. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/default.htm. Accessed August 2009. Ronco G, Giorgi Rossi P. New paradigms in cervical cancer prevention: opportunities and risks. BMC Women's Health. 2008 Dec 17;8:23. Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/screeningtables.pdf. Accessed August 2009.
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Worsening PMS Symptoms

  • Posted on: 24 September 2009
  • By: jleff

My PMS symptoms are getting worse as I get older. When I talked to my health care provider about them, she told me that fluoxetine (Prozac) might help. What other medications are available, and how do they work?

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