How can I prevent an HPV infection that can cause cervical cancer?

Unfortunately, all women are at risk of having cervical cancer. Although there is no single way to prevent this disease, there are a number of steps that can be taken to lower risk factors, the most important of which is preventing HPV (HumanPapillomavirus) infection: 

  1. Sexual abstinence: HPV is a group of more than 100 related viruses that can be passed between people during skin-to-skin contact. However, 98% of HPV cases were as a result of transmission via sexual contact. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease worldwide and anyone who is sexually active is at risk of infection even if they only had sex with one person. Sexual absinence is the obvious best way to prevent infection. HPV can also be contracted via oral sex.

  2. Get vaccinated: HPV vaccines are available that can help protect both men and women from some of the common types of HPV. Children between the ages of 9 and 11 can get vaccinated against HPV. Vaccination pre-sexual exposure is most protective. If one tests negative for HPV, then getting vaccinated is also recommended.

  3. Regular testing: It is a fact that the most invasive cervical cancer cases occur in women who have been avoiding their regular Pap smear or HPV testing because, in 85% of cases, cervical cancer has no symptoms. It is recommended that women over the age of 25 test for HPV at least once every two to five years.

Most countries usually do a Pap smear and then only test for HPV when patients have results that show borderline changes or low grade dyskaryosis (abnormal cell changes). However, in 2014 the Food and Drug Association (FDA) in the United States approved HPV testing as a primary screen before traditional cytology.

UDoTest supports this mandate and recommends primary HPV screening in countries where women are avoiding getting tested. The UDoHPVTest offers twice the specificity of a traditional Pap smear; it is up to 95% specific in detecting HPV in women. The self-sample UDoHPVTest is discreet, safe and convenient; it can be done in the privacy of your own home and provides fast, accurate results.