HPV Screening in Leesburg
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Centreville, VA & Leesburg, VA
Human papillomavirus (HPV), affects 79 million Americans, making it the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV screening in Leesburg and Centreville is readily available from the obstetrics and gynecology team at Midatlantic OBGYN. To learn more about the risks, management, and prevention of HPV book a consultation at OBGYN medical practice. Call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online.
What is HPV?
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It’s easily spread by skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity with another person. More than 150 types of HPV exist, and most don’t pose a serious threat. Although HPV can show as genital warts, many people who are infected with HPV have no symptoms and are unaware of it. This means it’s easily contracted and shared.
A few types of this virus can cause cancer, including cervical cancer. This is why it is important for women in Leesburg and Centreville to receive HPV screening and learn prevention methods.
How is HPV Diagnosed?
An HPV test is done in conjunction with a Pap smear. This simple procedure diagnoses HPV, even if you’re not showing outward genital warts. The Pap smear involves using a swab to collect a sample of cells from your cervix. The cells are checked for irregularities, which can signal the presence of HPV. If you would like to receive HPV screening, speak with our medical team in Leesburg or Centreville.
Treatment in Leesburg for Human Papillomavirus
If you have genital warts, the doctors at Midatlantic OBGYN provide the medication required to clear them up. If your HPV test shows abnormal cell changes, you don’t have to panic or take action right away because it’s not a diagnosis of cancer. You should simply wait to be retested in 3-6 months to see if the irregularities clear up on their own.
If abnormal cell changes persist, the doctors may recommend a colposcopy, a procedure that allows for a more thorough investigation of the cells. A colposcopy involves using a tool equipped with a lighted camera to look at your cervix more closely. The doctors may also take a biopsy of the suspicious cells during this procedure.
Two immunizations are available to protect against the types of viruses that cause the most cases of HPV-related diseases and health problems. The HPV vaccine is given as a three-dose series over six months.
Gardasil protects against cervical cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancer, and genital warts, and Cervarix protects against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.
Vaccinations are recommended for girls ages 11-12 years, so they’re administered before the girls become sexually active. Girls and women ages 13-26 who did not get the three-part vaccine when they were younger are also eligible. After being screened for HPV, a patient in Leesburg may receive this vaccine if they have not done so already.
Speak with a Leesburg OBGYN About HPV Screening
For more information about HPV screening in Leesburg and Centreville, contact Midatlantic OBGYN. Call the nearest office or book online today.