“Dr. Staub, started using the HPV test with the Pap in 2005. When I went in for my visit – like I do every year – he explained that he would be giving me both tests. When the results came back, I had tested positive for HPV, but my Pap was normal.”
“Based on extensive supporting data and the latest guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society, my practice decided in December 2005 to order the HPV test along with a Pap for all of our patients age 30 and older.” -Dr. Staub
“If I hadn’t had the HPV test, I would have continued to have normal Pap smears, probably. I would not have known that I had the virus that causes cancer – until it was too late.” -Bette Cockrell
Thanks to the advanced technology of the digene HPV Test, Micheline was ultimately saved from a rare form of cervical cancer that the Pap regularly fails to detect.
"I feel eternally grateful for the HPV test. If Dr. Welt had not asked me for my consent to have the HPV test, I may not be sitting here today as a cervical cancer survivor." -Micheline Fornarotto
“My doctor explained that he was doing a lot of reading on the correlation between HPV and cervical cancer. He believed the Pap test alone was no longer enough to detect early signs of cancer. Thank goodness I listened to him!” -Micheline Fornarotto
If you aren’t yet convinced about the value of the HPV test in cervical cancer prevention, you will be after you hear Micheline Fornarotto and Dr. Alan Welt.
A mother of five and always on the go, Jodi McKinney did everything right, including getting annual Pap tests. After her Pap was normal but an HPV test showed she had the virus, further examination found pre-cancerous cells on her cervix.
"I feel extremely lucky that I was able to catch my cervical disease at such an early stage, and that I didn't have to go through any major surgeries or other treatments. I was able to move on with life and my family." -Jodi McKinney
"The risk of cervical cancer is real for nearly every sexually active woman, and adding the HPV test to the Pap gives physicians and women more sensitive screening, earlier detection and greater peace of mind." — Dr. Bowers