Ask Sofia: Pap Smear or HPV Test?
You may have heard that you have more options available for cervical cancer screening. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently offered up three options for this crucial screening. While Pap smears are still recommended for women ages 21 to 29, HPV tests alone may be used for women ages 30 and up, according to […]Read more
HPV and National Immunization Awareness Month
As kids return back to school and families return to their fall routines, National Immunization Awareness Month reminds every one of the importance of vaccines for preventing disease and maintaining good health practices. Vaccines are not just for kids and adults need to stay on top of their vaccine schedules as well.Read more
Ask Sofia: What Does a Normal/Abnormal Pap Smear Mean?
Pap smears swab the cells in your cervix. Many women have normal results, but what does it mean if yours is abnormal?Read more
Immunizations are not only important for children; they are necessary for adults as well, especially as you age. If you have not received certain vaccinations through adulthood, now may be a good time to talk to your healthcare provider about immunizations.Read more
Changing Pap Smear Guidelines
When patients visit Dr. Jewelia Wagner, many of them ask about Pap smear guidelines, wondering how often they need to get one. “The guidelines on Pap smears changed recently, so it’s no wonder there are a lot of questions on this topic,” she said. “I’m happy to report that most patients no longer need an annual pap, however, we still want to see you every year to make sure everything else is going well and to offer assistance with any issues.” A screening for cervical cancer, a Pap smear involves collecting cells from the opening f the cervix, which are then examined under a microscope.Read more
All About HPV
Do you understand HPV? If the answer is “maybe” or “no,” you’re not alone: There is a lot of misinformation on the subject of HPV or human papillomarvirus, a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer, among other issues.Read more