Screen for High-risk HPV
- High Risk HPV
High Risk HPV is associated with nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and several other types of cancer. HPV is extremely common, but individuals with High Risk HPV types may need additional cancer screening tests.
This test measures high risk Human Papillomavirus genotypes 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66 and 68
We recommend you take this test if you’re a woman over 30 and want to understand your potential risk for cervical cancer.
20% of American women have high-risk HPV (human papillomavirus), which is passed through sexual contact. Women over the age of 30 with high-risk HPV are at an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends the HPV test for women over the age of 30 (though any sexually active women over the age of 18 may take this test).
HPV testing for women: why it’s important
In the United States, cervical cancer screening is known to reduce the cervical cancer rate among women, and it’s estimated that nearly 50% of women with cervical cancer weren’t screened before their diagnosis. More than 99% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV infections, so checking for HPV is critical for cervical cancer screening.
A pap test and HPV test can check for HPV. In a pap test—also known as a “pap smear” or “pap”—a cervical smear is examined with a microscope for signs of HPV). An HPV test, on the other hand, detects the genetic material of the virus in a vaginal smear. Both kinds of tests are often, but not always, done at the same time during routine cervical cancer screenings.
The American Academy of Family Physicians and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend the following guidelines for cervical cancer screening for women who are asymptomatic (they don’t have cervical cancer symptoms):
- Women ages 21–29 should be screened every three years with a pap test
- Women ages 30–65 should be screened every five years with a pap test plus an HPV test, or every three years with just a pap test
The EverlyWell At-Home HPV Test
This test checks for 14 high-risk HPV genotypes in women that cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer, including HPV 16 and 18.
High-risk genotypes can increase a woman’s risk of forming cervical and other types of genital cancers – like anal or vulvar cancer – if the body is unable to clear the infection on its own. Low-risk HPV virus genotypes, on the other hand, are not correlated with a risk of cervical cancer (but are known to cause genital warts). If you suspect you show signs of genital warts, please see your healthcare provider for treatment.
Although the EverlyWell HPV Test does not diagnose cervical cancer, this test gives a more complete picture of your cervical cancer risk, so that you and your doctor can make immediate decisions about next steps for prevention.
This test will, with greater than 99% accuracy, tell you whether or not you are infected with HPV 16, HPV 18, or twelve other high-risk HPV genotypes: 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66 and 68.
The HPV test checks whether or not you test positive for one of the high-risk genotypes of HPV.
In the event that your test results are abnormal, an associate from our physician network will contact you directly to discuss your particular case as well as provide information on how to take the next steps to get treatment. We take customer privacy very seriously and will never share your information with a third party with the exception of our partner labs and physician network. Your results will allow you to take immediate steps to better your condition or secure treatment.
There are more than 100 different types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV types— or “genotypes”—are grouped into two categories: low-risk and high-risk. Low-risk HPV can cause genital warts, but it doesn’t result in cancer. A high-risk HPV infection, on the other hand, can lead to cervical cancer—or cancer of the vagina, vulva, or anus.
How to test for high-risk HPV at home
With the EverlyWell HPV Test, you can screen for high-risk HPV from the convenience and privacy of home.
To take this test, collect a vaginal swab, and drop your sample in the mail using the prepaid shipping label included in your test. Your sample will then be analyzed by one of our partner labs. The lab will check the vaginal swab for genetic material unique to high-risk HPV types. Once your results are ready, you can easily view them on our secure online platform.
What’s the difference between a pap smear and an HPV test?
A pap smear is not the same as an HPV test, although both are used as cervical cancer screening methods.
- Pap smear — In a pap smear, a sample of cells is taken from your cervix and prepared for microscopic observation. A cytologist (an expert who specializes in microscopic examination of cells) then looks at the smear for abnormal cells that can indicate an HPV infection.
- HPV test — In an HPV test, a vaginal swab can be used instead of cervical cells. The vaginal swab is checked for HPV’s genetic material using DNA testing technology. Because the vaginal swab can be collected at home, the HPV test is a less invasive screening method compared to a pap smear.
How much does an HPV test cost?
An EverlyWell HPV test costs $89, with free shipping both ways.
Where can you get tested for HPV?
- Clinics in your community, your local Planned Parenthood, and your doctor/OB-GYN may all offer pap smear tests.
- You can take an HPV test from the comfort of home. Just order an EverlyWell HPV Test to get an easy-to-use, at-home kit that includes everything you need for collecting a vaginal swab and sending it to a lab for HPV testing.
Although no test can be 100% accurate, the cobas® HPV Test was studied in over 47,000 American women in the landmark ATHENA clinical study. It was the largest US clinical trial to measure the value of high-risk HPV testing, including individual testing for HPV 16 and HPV 18. The study demonstrated that 1 in 10 women who tested positive for HPV 16 or HPV 18 with the cobas® HPV Test had evidence of cervical pre-cancer even though their Pap test result was normal. The results proved that testing for high-risk HPV was more effective than a Pap test alone for the detection of cervical precancerous changes.(1)
This test gives a more complete picture of your cervical cancer risk, so that you and your doctor can make immediate decisions about next steps for prevention.(1) This test does not diagnose cervical cancer. Women should have cervical Pap smears and gynecological exams to look for signs of precancerous changes of the cervix and genital skin that could lead to cancer if not treated. Women with certain changes on their Pap smear who also test positive for high-risk HPV should discuss additional screening and treatment options with their healthcare provider.
There are nearly 200 strains of HPV, and not all forms of HPV are considered dangerous. Most bodies with HPV will be able to resolve the virus on their own with no medical treatment, and most people do not know they are infected because there are very few symptoms associated with HPV. HPV is very common, and anyone who has ever had genital contact with another person (even with protection) can be HPV-positive. Both men and women can get HPV and can pass it to partners without knowing; however, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved a test for HPV in men.
- What is HPV?
- Who gets sexually transmitted HPV?
- How common is sexually transmitted HPV?
- How will I know if I have sexually transmitted HPV?
- What happens if I find out I have sexually transmitted HPV?
- How often should women get a Pap Smear test?
- How does High Risk HPV cause cancer?
- Who gets cancer from High Risk HPV infection?
- How common are HPV associated cancers?
- Is there a cure for HPV?
- How can I still get HPV if I received the vaccine?
- What biomarkers are included in each panel?