Many people understand that certain kinds of human papillomaviruses can lead to cancer. Due to the serious health complications that can arise from HPV, researchers are looking for ways to ensure everybody is tested for the disease.
some researchers found during their study was that mailing at-home
HPV tests to women in rural areas or other difficult regions could
help in saving lives.
researchers Paul Reiter said the study was created to learn how
feasible and accepted a mail-based HPV self-testing program could
work for underscreened women. The study was published in the Sexually
Transmitted Diseases journal reported 80 percent who were given the
kits, used them and sent them back to researchers. This was a higher
rate of return than they anticipated, said Reiter.
women receiving the test knew ahead of time that it would arrive.
They agreed to use and return it. It’s not clear if women who
didn’t know about it before it was sent would use an at-home HPV
study, according to Reiter, was made up of women who consented to be
tested. These women were already enrolled in the study and interested
in an HPV self-test. The study consisted of 103 women between 30 and
65 years of age in the Appalachian Ohio area where easy access to
medical care wasn’t possible. They were sent an HPV screening kit
with the Evalyn Brush device, which collects the cells of the vagina
and cervix easily and rapidly.
in four participants were found to have the cancer-causing HPV, but
that doesn’t mean they will develop cancer.
reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Timothy Hickman said a minute
percentage of women with this type of HPV actually get cancer.
that assurance, Reiter said these tests are still very important. He
said the results of the mail-based HPV test is that it’s a possible
strategy in reaching out to women who cannot or have never been
screened for cervical cancer. He said the feedback is very positive.
hope to do another bigger study that mirrors how remote HPV testing
would do in the real world.
majority of cervical cancer is due to a constant HPV infection. Most
sexually active people have had the virus at some point. While most
resolve without any health issues, there are some cases where it
causes cancer of the cervix, vagina, anus, penis or throat.
Parenthood suggests not having any sexual contact of any kind to
avoid getting HPV. If a person plans on having sex, they can decrease
their infection risk by using condoms or other types of protection
when having sex or getting the HPV shot.
advise children should get the HPV vaccine at the recommended ages
set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decrease the
HPV infection rate.
CDC, although recommends children get the HPV vaccine, admits it does
cause side effects such as muscle or joint pain, nausea and
headaches. But, according to a study published in the Journal and
Environmental Health journal suggests there is a link between the
decreased fertility and HPV vaccine.
study looked at information dating from 2007 to 2014 from the
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of eight million
women in the U.S. from 25 to 29 years of age. Researchers discovered
that just 35 percent of the women vaccinated were able to get
pregnant compared to 60 percent of the women without the vaccination.
the married women, 75 percent of those without the shot were able to
get pregnant where half of those women with the vaccination were able
to get pregnant.
suggestion for the problem is that the vaccine is comprised of
aluminum, which could be a reason for the decrease in fertility.
However, it’s important to remember that many other vaccines have
this ingredient and doesn’t cause a decline in fertility.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said millions of
people have had the HPV vaccine with no reported adverse reactions or
said the observation period happened in a time when many women were
putting off having kids in their 20s to focus on other things such as
their education and careers. He said the study’s author might have
a hidden bias against the vaccine, as she under lawsuit under the
vaccine injury compensation relief for her daughter and that lawsuit
had been dismissed.
reality is that HPV can lead to cancer of the vagina, cervix, penis,
anus, vulva and throat. Women who live in remote or poor areas tend
not to get regular Pap smear or get HPV testing done, which leads to
cases of undiagnosed cancer.
Remote HPV testing can help them receive the life-saving care they need if they test positive for the disease. However, the primary ways to avoid catching HPV is to use condoms and get vaccinated for it.
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