HPV testing has not really been available for men except for a basic physical examination..." says Gage. "Now more and more men are becoming aware that they also face the risk of developing cancers from HPV and want testing.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2012
Progressive Health Services, longtime leader in providing HPV testing for women, now offers state of the art HPV testing for men in San Diego.
HPV, also called Human Papilloma Virus, genital warts and venereal warts, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. today.
Extensive research linking HPV to cervical cancer has prompted routine testing for women in Pap smears. However, until recently little attention has been paid to HPV cancer risk or testing in men.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 20 million Americans are infected with HPV and that at least 50% of men and women become infected with HPV through sexual contact at some point in their lives. While it has been widely reported that high-risk strains of HPV can increase the risk for cervical cancer in women, research is now making it apparent that these same high-risk strains of HPV can also increase the risk for cancers of the penis, anus, rectum and throat.
Progressive Health Services, whose clinical staff has been providing comprehensive STD testing and treatment for men and women for over 35 years, is finding growing numbers of men are asking for HPV testing.
Progressive Health Services clinical director Suzann Gage, OB/GYN nurse practitioner and licensed acupuncturist, credits concerned health experts, the media and celebrity Michael Douglas, whose personal story of throat cancer and history of HPV appeared in People magazine, for helping to get the word out. “Most women who get Pap smears know about the risk of developing cervical cancer from HPV infection. Now more and more men are becoming aware that they also face the risk of developing cancers from HPV and want testing.”
Men’s search for HPV testing, however, has often been frustrating. “HPV testing has not really been available for men except for a basic physical examination to visually look for obvious signs of genital warts.” says Gage. “HPV DNA testing has really increased testing options for both men and women. We are very happy that we can now offer HPV DNA testing for men.”
Progressive Health Services currently provides men HPV DNA testing of the throat and anus, as well as the acetic acid screening test for HPV of the penis. Like HPV testing in Pap smears, HPV DNA tests look for high-risk strains known to cause cancers as well as the most common low risk strains not associated with cancers. Both high and low risk HPV are contagious and can be sexually transmitted. Throat specimens are collected using a mild salt-water gargle solution that is spit into a test tube. Anal specimens are collected using a gentle painless swab. The HPV acetic acid (vinegar) screening test, also painless, checks the penis using a high magnification colposcope to help identify HPV genital warts.
In addition to HPV testing Progressive Health Services offers a variety of treatments for HPV including conventional treatment as well as alternative health care options.
Progressive Health Services provides a wide range of integrative medical services in San Diego including mainstream and alternative care. Services include general physical examinations, lab testing, gynecology, urology, San Diego STD testing, Rapid HIV testing, family planning, fertility awareness, donor insemination, LGBT care, endocrinology, bio identical hormones, thyroid care, nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, Qigong and meditation. Progressive Health Services is a nonprofit tax exempt organization located at 2141 El Cajon Blvd, in San Diego’s North Park, 92104. For more information please call 619-260-0810.