Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test
British Columbia Specific Information
There is no specific test for HPV; in Canada Pap tests are used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cervical cancer, and approximately 70 per cent of all cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18.
Health Canada approves the HPV vaccine Gardasil
for use in women up to the age of 45. The vaccine is provided free to girls in grade 6. Girls born in 1994 or later who were eligible for the HPV vaccine but did not receive it may contact their local health unit to get vaccinated at no cost. Immunize BC further recommends the vaccine to boys age 9 to 26 but this is currently not publicly funded. Women and girls under the age of 45 who are not eligible to receive the vaccine for free can purchase it from a pharmacy or at their doctor's office.
For more information about HPV and the HPV vaccine, see HealthLinkBC File #101a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection
and HealthLinkBC File #101b Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
. For more information on other HPV vaccine programs in B.C., visit the ImmunizeBC
For more information on sexually transmitted infections, including sexual health information, where to get tested and other sexual health services in your area, visit the SmartSexResource
November 16, 2012