Real People Stories – Karina

The gynaecologist recommended that I take this HPV test because of the poor results of the smear and ultrasound. The STD doctor assured me that she wasn’t pressuring me in any way. The kit had already been paid for, and the chances of a positive result were slim. But when it comes to an oncological test, who would easily dismiss it casually, “Oh, never mind, maybe I’ll dodge a bullet?” Naturally, I determined to proceed with the std test.

The question may be whether it is a smear conducted using a specialized brush while seated. This method ensures the most reliable results, and it’s logical, considering the severity of these diseases, which often remain asymptomatic in their early stages and require careful examination for detection. A smear provides more specific insights than a blood sample.

My primary concern was identifying the HPV type 6 virus. Upon discovering that it was the only strain classified as low oncogenic risk in the panel, I breathed a sigh of relief. All other types listed on the research sheet were considered high-risk. The STD doctor highlighted this particular strain for me, noting it as code 2009, low risk. However, in the grand scheme, the specific strain mattered little. The procedures and protocols for sample collection and preparation remained consistent across all analyses conducted by this panel.

VERY IMPORTANT! Preparing for the smear:

Three days before you visit the STD laboratory, please remember the following:

  • – Avoid sexual intercourse.
  • – Refrain from consuming alcohol.
  • – Do not eat spicy, fatty, smoked, or salty foods the day before the smear.
  • – Refrain from using the toilet for 2-3 hours before taking the smear, as urine washes away the necessary environment. 

How I did it:

I called ahead to a laboratory that was conveniently located for me to find out if they offered the HPV DNA exam. It was important to confirm because not all laboratories in the network have the equipment to perform this exam.

My laboratory opens at 7 am, so I planned to arrive before then. I set my alarm for 5 am and got ready. 

Before leaving the house, I used the restroom, as I couldn’t do so once I arrived at the laboratory. If it were any other STD appointment, I would have used the restroom again before leaving, but in this case, I couldn’t. I had to remind myself I had dealt with similar inconveniences during a previous pregnancy ultrasound, so this was nothing new.


The HPV laboratory registered me, took my payment, and then escorted me to a separate room. They provided me with shoe covers and asked me to sit on a chair with a diaper on it. The nurse warned me that it might hurt, but it didn’t. It was no more painful than a regular gynaecological examination with a speculum. The whole STD sample process required me to lie still and not move.

The test results were ready within 4-5 days. I took the test on Friday and picked up the results on Wednesday morning. I found relief in the absence of detected HPV.


It is scary to take, but in the end, it’s okay.

During a routine visit to my gynaecologist recently, I received unsettling news: they detected a cyst in my ovarian area. This revelation added another layer of concern to my health journey. Amidst addressing this issue, my doctor recommended an HPV test during the consultation.

I’ll admit I was apprehensive. Limited knowledge about HPV filled me with anxiety when facing the prospect of undergoing a checkup for it. To complicate matters further, the test wasn’t available at our clinic, necessitating a visit to a paid department for the examination.

The experience was daunting. The uncertainty surrounding the results, coupled with the discomfort caused by the cyst, weighed heavily on my mind. However, despite my fears, I recognized the importance of proactive healthcare and resolved to undergo it.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the common name for more than 200 viruses that sometimes cause warts on the skin and genitals.  Most people don’t even realize they may have it, which can be concerning as certain types of the virus can increase the risk of cancer.

I learned this when I took this exam. Firstly, there are two types: qualitative and quantitative. What will they tell you when you pass, and how? I chose quantitative just to be sure.

1) The result is qualitative – detected/not detected.

2) The result is qualitative with a type definition – if something is discovered, they will list all the types that will be found.

3) The result is quantitative – the number of viruses will be indicated.

Several papillomaviruses exist, and they are all designated by numbers. So, numbers 6 and 11 indicate a low risk of cancer.

I took it to Invitro.

How does this procedure work?

Though it may seem intimidating, the HPV pap test is quite similar to a standard smear exam—nothing too daunting and completely painless! The procedure involves a gentle scraping, which may cause slight bleeding afterwards but is far less intimidating than some may describe. Overall, it’s a tolerable and routine examination that shouldn’t evoke fear.

In my experience, facing the prospect of a colposcopy, particularly if HPV is detected and treatment is required, can be more unsettling. Thankfully, my recent results returned negative, offering a sense of relief. However, if the virus is detected, know that a gynaecologist will furnish explanations and guidance.

Undergoing an STD analysis is a common procedure if recommended by your healthcare provider, and there’s nothing to fear. You can opt for repeat testing, provided it’s not immediately after menstruation or sexual intercourse. Don’t forget to bring your ID and a sanitary pad for comfort.

While some may believe in an HPV vaccine, it’s important to note that medical experts assert its effectiveness only before the onset of sexual activity.

If your STD test yields positive results, it’s crucial to begin treatment under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Remember to work on your health and well-being. Stay proactive and take care of yourself!