I Want to Get Tested For HPV. How Do I Ask?

Published: April 01, 2021
Dear TeenHealthFX,
If I want to get checked out for hpv by my doctor how do I say that when asking for an appointment? Do I say I think I have it an wanna get tested or do I just ask for a regular doctors appointment then tell him when I’m there ?
Signed: I Wanted to Get Tested For HPV. How Do I Ask?

Dear I Wanted to Get Tested For HPV. How Do I Ask?,

TeenHealthFX is glad that you are taking charge of your health. The CDC explains that there is only a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test for women right now. The HPV test is usually done via a pap smear where cells are taken from the cervix and sent for testing.  Your doctor may not test specifically for HPV unless you ask. It would be recommended to ask your doctor if he/she can test for HPV beforehand. Testing for sexually transmitted infections such as HPV is very common. They can also test for other STIs. 

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the  Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199  for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist.  

Signed: TeenHealthFX