About HPV

  • HPV – human papillomavirus – is a viral infection transmitted through skin-to-skin (typically sexual) contact
  • It is the most common sexually transmitted infection
  • There are more than 100 strains and some strains, called high-risk strains, can cause cervical cancer
  • Regular screening for HPV is recognised as the best way to identify women who may be at risk of developing cervical cancer which is preventable
  • Many countries recommend screening for all women between the ages of 21 and 65

General symptoms

  • Often, people with an HPV infection do not experience any symptoms
  • Sometimes, however, the virus can cause genital warts
  • While less common, itching, burning, or tenderness in the genital area may be experienced

Do I have HPV?

Now you can find out with BioSmart’s At-home Pap Smear. Our self-sampling device allows women to perform an HPV/cervical cancer screening test safely and discreetly in the comfort of their home.

Once you have collected a sample, it is collected by courier and analysed in our laboratory for 16 different strains of HPV, 14 of which are recognised as high-risk cancer-causing strains.

Test results

If you test positive for any of the high-risk HPV screens, you should seek professional help for further investigation.

HPV treatment

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for HPV but there are treatments for health problems associated with the virus. Talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional for the best course of action and ask about the vaccine if you test negative.

When should I test?

Knowing when to test for HPV is very important as it may take time to show up on a test. The window period refers to the length of time it takes from becoming infected to testing positive. HPV’s window period is 2 – 4 weeks.

 

Pap smears that are normal should be repeated every three years for women aged 21 to 65.