Beat Quarantine with At-Home HPV Tests

With nearly every state, including the District of Columbia, under a Stay at Home order, the coronavirus has likely affected your regular lifestyle. If you’re concerned about your sexual health, you don’t need to wait for the doctor’s office to open again; you can use SelfCollect’s at home STD tests instead. 

SelfCollect’s STD tests check for the most common sexually transmitted infections, such as HPV (the human papillomavirus), chlamydia, herpes, ureaplasma, and more. 

If you’re not sure what STD you should test for, that’s okay too! Since many STDs have overlapping symptoms and risk factors, completing a panel test will give you a broader, more cost effective way to view your intimate health. Plus, modern DNA methods of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) are strictly followed at SelfCollect’s partner laboratory, ensuring you receive highly accurate results you can trust.

Beyond that, you can also utilize SelfCollect’s HPV vaginal kit if you had to cancel your Pap test. HPV tests are now an alternative stand-alone test for cervical cancer screenings and they can find high-risk HPV strains (HV16 and 18), which, in rare cases, can develop into cancer. 

SelfCollect’s at home HPV tests detects HPV-16, HPV-18 and a pool of 12 other High-Risk HPV types. You can also add the full genotyping addon, which can identify over 40 high and low risk viruses.

Leading US medical societies, including the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology recommend HPV screenings as an option for cervical cancer screening for women aged 25 and older. 

What is HPV

HPV usually infects the anogenital area but can infect other areas including the mouth and throat. Most sexually active people get HPV at some time in their lives, although most never know it because it is usually asymptomatic. If you don’t have symptoms, the virus will usually clear up on its own.

If you do have symptoms, the most common one is the appearance of genital warts (caused by HPV-6 and HPV-11), which cause unsightly and painful lesions.

The warts can appear on your genitals or mouth. They are highly contagious and you should avoid touching them until you can get treatment, which is usually a topical cream.

The Center of Diease Control states you can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus, even if symptoms aren’t present. It is most commonly spread during intercourse. 

Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV. You also can develop symptoms years after you’re first infected. This makes it hard to know when you first became infected.

Beyond genital warts, certain strains of HPV can lead to anal, oral, and cervical cancer. 

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to get Tested

HPV is one of the most common STDs in the country and it is often asymptomatic. It is a virus that does not yet have a cure, but it normally clears up on its own. The disease is usually harmless, but can develop into cancer. 

With or without symptoms, the risk of cancer is still present, especially if you are unaware of which HPV strain you may have. Different strains of HPV can cause different health complications, so it is important to know which type you have. 

This, paired with how common it is to get infected, means you should be tested often — once a year at the very least — even if you only have one sexual partner. 

Consider vaginal HPV home test kit if you:

  • Are over the age of 25

  • Are under the age of 25 and sexually active.

  • Have a family history of cervical cancer.

  • Have had an “abnormal” PAP test result.

  • Use tobacco

Don’t wait to get tested. Trust SelfCollect’s at-home tests. They offer full panel vaginal tests, high risk HPV tests, and anal HPV tests, as well as various others. All of their tests are pain free and accurate. 

Everything is mailed to you in a discreet box. You simply take a swab sample and send it back to our lab in the prepaid package. You will be notified when your results are ready to view.

Always remember that a positive test is not something to panic about. Most STDs are treatable, curable, and common. If you’re concerned about your sexual health or want to get you and your partner tested before engaging in sexual activity, check out SelfCollect’s testing options today.