Dread going to the gyno? You’re not alone. Those paper gowns can be painfully revealing. And sliding into those stirrups can be awkward. But getting regular screenings for cervical cancer is one of the best ways to protect your health. Now you can keep up with those all-important screenings from the comfort of your home. By screening for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the myLAB Box cervical cancer home test kit offers a quick and convenient way to see if you might be at risk of developing this highly treatable cancer.
Follow the kit instructions to collect your vaginal swab in as little as 5 minutes. Mail your sample to the lab in the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope. Log in to your account in 2-5 days to get your secure electronic results. It’s that easy!
Included: 1 (ONE) combo mail-in kit for HPV cervical cancer screening
Tests for: 14 types of genital high-risk HPV, including two specific types, HPV-16 and HPV-18, which cause most cervical cancers, plus a group of 12 other high-risk HPV types that may also lead to cancer.
Screening tests can prevent cervical cancer or find it early enough to treat and cure. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV, the most common sexually-transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. The myLAB Box cervical cancer screening uses advanced DNA technology to look for the high-risk types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. The test can tell if you are at risk of developing cervical cancer before any cancer cells appear.
Most HPV infections do not cause symptoms. In fact, the infection usually clears up on its own in individuals under 30.
Cervical cancer also does not usually cause symptoms. In rare cases, it may cause vaginal bleeding or discharge and pelvic pain. These symptoms, however, could be signs of other conditions. That’s why it is so important to keep up with regular screenings.
In the past, if you wanted to screen for cervical cancer, you had to go to the doctor for a Pap test (also known as a Pap smear) or a Pap test plus HPV testing.
HPV testing is the most accurate way to identify women at risk of developing cervical cancer.
If you test positive, you can get a free phone consultation with a myLAB Box physician affiliate. Our medical expert will go over your results and discuss next steps.
A positive HPV result does not mean you have cervical cancer, but it is important to follow up with your health care provider. If you have a positive HPV test result, you will likely need to have a Pap test. If the Pap test shows abnormal cells, your health care provider may recommend further testing. You may also need to repeat the HPV test.
It depends on your age and gender.
|Women 30 and older||Women under 30||Men of any age|
The HPV screening test for cervical cancer is recommended for women 30+ because you are more likely to have HPV infections that do not go away quickly. This can raise your risk for cervical cancer.
While the HPV virus is common in women under 30, more than 90% of new infections will clear up on their own within 2 years. Therefore, HPV testing is not recommended until you are 30 or older.
The CDC does not recommend HPV testing in men because there are no FDA-cleared HPV tests for men.
Here are a few steps that can help lower your chances of getting genital HPV and cervical cancer:
myLAB Box offers at-home collection of samples that are mailed to our CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory. The testing performed on your samples complies with all state and federal regulations regarding laboratory testing.
All tests are validated by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. Results are comparable to samples collected in a physician’s office or clinical laboratory.
Tests used in myLAB Box kits have been developed and performance characteristics determined by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. Tests have not been approved by the US Federal and Drug Administration (FDA), although individual components of some tests performed in the laboratory are FDA-cleared. The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary for laboratory-developed tests such as those offered by my LAB Box. These tests are used for clinical purposes. They should not be regarded as investigational or for research. myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) of 1988 as qualified to perform high complexity clinical testing and follow the guidelines of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
If you ever test positive, enjoy free physician consultations via phone.