Protect Yourself! Get Both the Pap and HPV Tests

Protect Yourself! Get Both the Pap and HPV Tests

Who should have the HPV test?

Cervical cancer is less of a risk in women younger than 30. Thus, in women younger than 30, medical experts suggest the HPV test be done only when the Pap is not clearly abnormal, but not clearly normal either. Once a woman reaches age 30, the HPV test is approved for routine use at the same time as the Pap for every woman.

Will insurance pay for the HPV test?

Most major insurance companies pay for the HPV test if your healthcare professional follows the guidelines for HPV testing issued by medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society. However, there are still some insurance plans that do not yet pay for routine HPV testing in women 30 and older. Therefore, it is best to check in advance.

What do you need to do to get the HPV test along with your Pap?

Do not be afraid to ask questions! If you are 30 years of age or older and decide you want to have the HPV test along with your Pap, tell your healthcare provider before your next visit. Get the extra peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve done everything you can to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

Learn More HPV and Pap Testing

For more HPV information and details about testing for HPV, please do not hesitate to contact Greenbrier Obstetrics & Gynecology P.C.  We have helped women of a wide range of ages prevent cervical cancer from developing, and we can do the same for you.  We serve clients in the Chesapeake, VA, area, and we are always happy to take on new clients, and build long-lasting relationships with them.