How to Get the HPV Test

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What do you need to do to make sure your doctor asks the lab to perform the HPV test if your Pap is inconclusive?

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You have already taken a positive step toward taking control of your health by visiting this Web site to learn about HPV and the digene HPV test.

The next step is to take action!

Ask your doctor if he or she tells the lab to do an HPV test if your Pap is inconclusive ("ASC-US"). Most do. But if not, ask the office to do so — for your extra peace of mind, and to minimize the need for unnecessary additional procedures.



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Will insurance pay for the HPV test?

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Please ask your doctor or insurance company whether the HPV test is included in their service portfolio.



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Can you ask for the HPV test even if your Pap is normal?

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In Europe, e.g. German medical guidelines currently recommend routine HPV testing only for women age 30 and older, and this is the guideline typically used by the most important European and International Scientific Societies.
However, you can discuss your request with your doctor.