January is cervical health awareness month, and a great reminder for women everywhere to begin 2015 with a renewed commitment to their health and wellness.
Women’s Health Is Important to Us
As women around the world focus on maintaining their overall health, with cervical health being one key part; Puritan products are there, serving as important components in numerous test kits and women’s health procedures.
Improve Your Odds for Cervical Health
The purpose of cervical health awareness month is to spread the word about one of the biggest dangers to women’s health: cervical cancer. There are numerous steps that women of all ages can take to prevent and detect cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can be caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). In 2013 in the U.S, there were approximately 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer causing 4,000 deaths, according to an estimation by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. Cervical cancer is largely preventable, and if detected early, curable.
Get Tested, Get Vaccinated, Stay Healthy
The key to preventing cervical cancer is vaccination, and early signs of cervical cancer can be detected with two simple tests. The pap test checks the cervix for abnormal cells, while the HPV test checks for the presence of human papillomavirus. Pap tests and HPV tests are not only simple and quick, but covered by most medical insurance providers. Puritan offers a variety of swabs, cytology brushes, and wooden scrapers, including some of those used in cervical specimen collection kits.
There are a variety of tests currently available for clinical use to check for the higher risk types of HPV including:
- The digene Hybrid Capture II™ HPV test, produced by Qiagen
- The Roche cobas® HPV test
- The Cervista™ HPV High-Risk (HR) test, produced by Hologic/Gen-Probe
- The APTIMA® HPV mRNA Assay, produced by Hologic/Gen-Probe
To help protect women and their reproductive health other tests may be used to detect the presence of sexually transmitted infections. For example the Hologic® Aptima Combo 2 Test, which diagnoses Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC). This convenient test provides two conclusive test results from one single swab, allowing for a fast diagnosis which in turn facilitates more immediate treatment. A different Puritan swab, 25-806 1PR, is an integral part of Sekisui’s Osom Trichomonas Rapid Test for Trichomonas vaginalis Antigens, a parasite which causes Trichomoniasis.
Better Products Yield More Accurate Results
While Cervical Health Awareness month has inspired many women to start off their year with a clean bill of health from their gynecologist, it is equally important for clinics and medical offices to maintain stock of Puritan products during the other 11 months of the year. Popular products like polyester or rayon tipped applicators, Wooden Scrapers, Rovers® Cervex-Brushes, and our collection of cytology Histobrush's® are commonly used during routine women’s health tests and procedures and can easily be ordered through a distributor.
These products not only set the industry standard, but also produce accurate results with unmatched ease of use; giving both healthcare providers and patients peace of mind.
Healthier Women, Healthier World
We are proud to endorse and support Cervical Health Awareness Month, but here at Puritan, we are celebrating and promoting women’s health every day of the year. Our high quality products help medical facilities around the world provide women with the tests and procedures that will help them take control of their health, enabling them to live healthier, happier lives.
For more information about ordering the various women’s health products produced by Puritan, call to speak with a product specialist today.Sources:
- National Cervical Cancer Coalition
- Hologic Aptima Combo 2 Test
- Hologic Cervista HPV Test
- Sekisui – Osom Trichomonas Rapid Test for Trichonas Vaginalis Antigens