January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Oneida County Health Department wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
- The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
- Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Oneida County Health Department encourages:
- Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
- Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women and men up to 26 can still get the vaccine.
Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services (vaccine or pap tests) at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
If you are between the ages of 45-64, and may be in need of cervical screenings, please consider contacting Nichole Peplinski, RN, WI Well Woman Regional Coordinator or Char Ahrens, RN, 715-369-6111. Cervical screenings may also be provided at the Reproductive Health Clinic located at Oneida County Health Department—please call Beth at 715-369-6116.