|Facts About Cervical Cancer and HPV|
Quick Facts about Cervical Cancer and HPV
How do I get screened?
Because cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), the best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer is to get screened by your healthcare provider.
There are two types of tests that can be used:
1. Pap Test (also known as Pap Smear): A Pap test looks for cell changes in your cervix that may lead to Cervical Cancer. Liquid-based Pap Tests are better at finding early cell changes than the traditional Pap Smear.
2. HPV Test: Used to find out if you have HPV, an HPV Test can let you and your health care provider know your risk of developing Cervical Cancer. An HPV Test can be used with a Pap Test in women 30 and older or as a follow-up to inconclusive Pap Test results in women under 30.
How do I know which test I need?
If you are younger than 30, get regular Pap Tests starting at age 21 or 3 years after you first have sex (whichever comes first). If you are 30 or older, you should ask for an HPV Test along with your Pap test.
Does my insurance cover the HPV test?
HPV Testing is covered by the majority of regional and national insurance plans. Currently more than 200 million Americans have access to HPV Testing, including participants in 46 state Medicaid programs and the District of Columbia.
For specific information about your benefits, check with the Member Services department of your health plan before asking for the test.
If you have insurance-related questions before or after the HPV Test call the HPV Patient Help Hotline toll-free at 1-866-895-1HPV 866.895.1478.
What should older women know?