HPV DNA Test
The High-Risk HPV DNA Test occurs during the Pap smear and is done at the same time as the annual examination. HPV stands for human papilloma virus and this tests for the presence of the few virus strains that are associated with cervical cancer. This test, covered by medical insurance, offers more information about whether the cervix may change due to exposure to HPV. Female-born aged 21-29 do not need to have the test unless an abnormal Pap smear is found first. Those aged 65 and older do not need to continue HPV testing nor do those who have had a hysterectomy and have no cervix.
Annual physical examinations are very important for all female, male, intersex, trans and non-binary individuals. While an annual exam for a female-born does not have to include a Pap smear, there are the breast exam, thyroid exam, and other physical exams that are performed. A speculum exam will be done to visually check the health of the cervix and vagina. While annual wellness exams are sensitive in nature, they do not have to be anxiety-provoking. It is a good time for the patient to discuss any health concerns with their doctor. Speculum exams can be done with sensitivity and at the patient’s pace. At Emerge Natural Health Care, we are physicians who can take the time to explain each step of an annual exam and the benefits and outcomes associated with these procedures.