Wednesday, July 9, 2008

HPV Awareness and Giveaway

Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you!

UPDATE: THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT THE VACCINE! IT IS ABOUT THE HPV TEST. I am going to have to put the above line throughout the post, I suppose, since this is getting missed judging from the majority of comments.

As women, we know that yearly pap smears are vital for protecting our health. But did you know that now there is a test that, when combined with a pap smear, is virtually 100% accurate in identifying women at risk for cervical cancer? The HPV test is a crucial advancement because women who test positive can be monitored and treated well before cancer has a chance to develop.

Cervical cancer is the only cancer with a single-known cause-- the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of the sexually transmitted infection, HPV. Of these, about 15 high-risk types are known to cause virtually all cases of cervical cancer. Two of these types (16 and 18) are believed to cause 70 percent of these cases.

Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you!

Unfortunately, the pap alone is not foolproof in detecting HPV...it can miss up to half the time. Seeing that about 80% of women will get one or more types of HPV by age 50, and that cervical cancer kills 288,000 women annually worldwide, it is imperative that women over 30 now make sure their doctor is doing the HPV test in conjunction with their regular pap. (Women under 30 do not need the HPV test unless their pap results are abnormal).

The test can be done at the same time as the pap, so women don’t need to do anything more than ask for it. Use of HPV testing for routine screening is recognized in guidelines issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Women’s Association and the majority of insurance companies cover the HPV test for routine screening.

Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you!

I myself have had the test twice now and insurance covered it both times...and fortunately I tested negative, which means I will not need another test for three more years.

To learn more about the HPV test, click the HPV test. You can also watch this YouTube video:



...and click here to watch many other stories of those who have benefited from the HPV test.

To help spread the word about HPV testing and awareness, I have a prize pack to give away to THREE winners! Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you! Each "Choose to Know" pack consists of:
  • bracelet
  • purse mirror
  • lip balm
  • HPV Test fact sheet
  • pledge card


To enter, (Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you!)simply leave a comment here on this post. For a double entry, link to this post on your site and leave a separate comment here letting me know you've done so with the link to your post.

Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 16, 11:59 P.M., EST. Winners have two weeks to claim prize from the date of notification or the prize is forfeited.

Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you!

Thanks for entering, and be healthy!
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76 comments

kagey10 said...

my friends and I just had a conversation about this last weekend. Some of us have been tested some not. A great contest, and a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

This is a very important fact and a great contest. Thank you.

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

cathy said...

there are risk as there are with any vaccine and it is important that you research and weight these risks

ablondeblogger said...

Cathy, thanks for your comment. However, this is about the HPV test, not the vaccine. I want to be clear about that. In fact, I'll go in and edit the post to make note of that. Thanks!

louiseb130 said...

We're researching this vaccine now...thanks for the info!

idahomom said...

Interesting, very interesting. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Count me in to win!
I think all women should be aware of HPV.
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Bandbabe said...

I wasn't aware of this test. Thanks so much for opening my eyes.

Sharon said...

thanks for passing along this important! info...and for great contest!

vboackle said...

nice idea.

tawnda said...

HPV is a very important issue for women... There is so much that we don't even think about that really should be part of our yearly routines

Anonymous said...

wow

Karen said...

I'm on the fence regarding the vaccine, but will def have both girls (12 and 13) tested at school physicals this year !!

Jaime said...

My sister has the HPV virus. She had to have part of her cervix removed. Thank you for making women aware of this issue.

Jamie said...

Thank you for spreading the word!

bfox74 said...

Great contest, great cause!

Annie said...

Its amazing how medicine etc. changes in a span of 20 years. Great giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

enter me please
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mogrill said...

I had no idea! Thank you for the useful information!

Ken said...

My sister would love to learn more about this. Please accept my entry.

Maja said...

so cool

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Ana said...

thanx.

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Angel said...

nice info.

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Trish said...

great info

sillelin said...

great cause

gibson777 said...

Thank you.

Kari said...

thank you for the reminder..it's ben 4 years since my last exam so I guess it's time to set up an appointment..

gkstratos said...

Just had my daughter vaccinated. Spread the word people...
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jffryclough said...

sign me up for some good stuff

agordon10 said...

great cause

Meaghan F. said...

Great contest. The word needs to get out there.

bison61 said...

very important-thanks so much

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Sunnyvale said...

Admirable sweeps

Frank said...

Have a great day.

Constance Swearingen said...

With three teenage daughter, I know the importance of these test. Thank you for spreading the word!

Debbie Criss said...

I'm due for my yearly next month. I wrote in my little doctors records about the test. I will be sure and ask about it. Please enter me, thank you

purplepassion126 said...

Thanks for sharing this important information.

cdrury said...

thanks for sharing this!!

Tammy said...

It is so important to make sure you get your yearly pap & pelvic. thanks for the encouragement!

jodene said...

Great information!

Please enter me in the contest.

noey718319 said...

this sounds great, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great information...please enter me.

stephanie_adkins@yahoo.com

Shel said...

Great cause and it's wonderful that you're spreading the word!

DorothyR. said...

Thank You

Mary said...

I think it is great there is a way to be tested for women who want to know. My insurance won't cover it though.(And I really wouldn't want to know.)

blueviolet said...

Thank you for helping with the cause to spread the word. This is wonderful.
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Jillian said...

interesting giveaway.
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Kari said...

Hope I win!

Samantha Potts said...

This is very important. My daughter is 12 and I have already made her an appointment to go and get the Guardasil shot. I explained what HPV is to her and how it causes certain types of cervical cancer. We are already on the preventative track WAY before she ever has to worry about it!
spotts17@excite.com

Anonymous said...

Pensive

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K. Cleaver said...

I wasn't aware there was a test for this. Thanks for the information. I'll ask for it when I have my next appointment.

michelle said...

already received the gardasil vaccine, and did an extensive theory of knowledge oral presentation on the controversiality of the vaccine.

great giveaway. =)

kananee said...

A great way to spread the awareness!

Samantha P said...

awareness is sooo important!

pierce said...

Im all about awareness and could share this with family and friends!

Anonymous said...

I would like to learn more about HPV. Great contest.
kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

HPV is a serious problem in our world today and I am known to be one who strives to communicate to others and help educate them on issues I believe to be causes we need to address right away! I would proudly use these items to help send the message out to others the importance of getting vaccinated and doing all that we can to help stop this problem from spreading. This is a great giveaway!

purango said...

I would love to win this contest. garrettsambo@aol.com

klp1965 said...

count me in please :)

Susan said...

Getting word out about cancer is very important, thank you for this. I lost my mother to this.

carissaad said...

What a great way to get the word out.

Thanks!

carissaad at aol dot com

masonsgranny59 said...

Great contest, great cause!:)

sophiababy2003 said...

Thanks for raising awareness

Jill1 said...

Cancer looms for so many of us in this industrialized nation

Sylvia P said...

this is a great way to promote awareness!

penguin28 said...

I am very on the fence about what I should do for my 15 year old. I wish more OBGYN's were in agreement about what to do. This info. did help with some of my confusion.

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful!!!@ Great way to promote awareness!! Keep doing it!!!

Anonymous said...

thanx for the facts and info
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donna444444 said...

Count me in please.

Susanne said...

Awareness is very important!

Anonymous said...

The HPV Vacc. is the way to go, You never know with the world today.

Tiffany said...

I am all for the vaccine, but I would like more testing to be done to weed out the side effects I have heard about. Ireally do not want my daughter having something injectd into her that may cause serious problems 12 hrs later.

ablondeblogger said...

Please note: This review is about the HPV TEST, not the vaccine. There was some confusion about that in comments so I wanted to clarify this. Thank you!

UPDATE: THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT THE VACCINE! IT IS ABOUT THE HPV TEST. I am going to have to put the above line throughout the post, I suppose, since this is getting missed judging from the majority of comments.

Starshine3 said...

I really think this test should be routine with a woman's yearly pap and exam. So many unnecessary complications result that could be prevented with a simple test- thanks for the giveaway and spreading awareness :)

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

Susanne said...

Awareness is very important!

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