Private Pay HPV Testing
LifeLabs is offering private pay human papillomavirus (HPV) testing in BC. This is being offered for either primary HPV screening or as a follow-up option for patients with abnormal cytology results. There are implications for patients and providers when private pay testing is used with respect to ongoing cervix screening. The following Q&A document has been prepared to answer questions on the use of private pay HPV testing in BC.
The single most powerful motivator for cervical cancer screening is an invitation or suggestion by a primary care provider.
Health care professionals can help address barriers or discouraging experiences that may have prevented their patients from having regular cervical cancer screening (Pap tests).
Patients often describe the cervical cancer screening experience as awkward, invasive, uncomfortable, embarrassing, and traumatic. Some never return for subsequent tests. In many cases, the failure to return has been attributed to a negative first experience. Therefore, it is imperative that health care professionals do all they can to provide a positive, sensitive, and caring experience for the patient; including comfortable, pleasant surroundings and an organized and informative environment.
If possible, patients should be provided the following information before their cervical cancer screening visit:
- Do not douche the vagina for 48 hours before the examination
- Avoid using contraceptive creams or jellies for 48 hours before the examination
- Cervical cancer screening is not recommended during menstruation; a mid-cycle test is optimal
- They will be asked for the date of their last menstrual period (LMP)
For providers submitting Pap tests, use the Cervical Cancer Screening Laboratory (CCSL) Requisition. CCSL forms can be accessed from the BC Cancer Laboratory Services