Re: hpv testing
Yes there is - but its not widely used for some mind boggling reason "its routine use is not recommended in medical guidelines or reimbursed by insurance"
The test on my record shows
Source of Test: HPVDNA (HYBRIDCAPTURE)
High Risk: not detected
Low Risk: Detected.
My doctor said you can even detect what strains one has but at this point it makes no difference knowing-I guess because there really isnt much one can do even if they know. In 6 months im going to get tested again and if its still in detected Im going to ask to know which strains I have(insurance typically wont cover this). Hopefully I'm one of the 70% who will have this cleared.
Really dont get the point of a just pap smear after reading all this information-most cervical cancer is caused from HPV-yet is usually missed through a typical pap smear. Seems that once a pap smear detects abnormalitiies its when its at the worst stage.
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