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SGIM is partnering with a local healthcare startup delivering at-home screening kits for STD screenings. This HPV screening kit can screen cervical cancer at an early stage by detecting the high-risk HPV (Human Papillomavirus) virus which is linked to over 70% of cervical cancer. It is the most effective way to prevent cervical cancer and has been highly promoted by MOH.
They offer discreet STIs screening kits, delivered to your doorsteps. Every step will be done under strict medical supervision and clinically approved protocols.
A Complimentary Doctor Consultation will be offered for each purchase!
Why do you need to take regular screenings of HPV?
In Singapore, cervical cancer is the 8th most common cause of cancer deaths among Singaporean women. When detected early, cervical cancer is more than 90% treatable in the early stages. Cervical cancer is a slow-progressing condition and it usually takes up to 15 years to develop. Therefore, regular screening is encouraged as there are no signs or symptoms at the early stages of cervical cancer.
Even if you have been in a monogamous, long-term relationship, you could still test positive, as the infection can stay dormant (latent) for years and years before it is detected. In fact, 85% of HPV detections occur during periods of monogamy or abstinence.1 Remember, a positive HPV test result can happen to anyone. It is not a reflection on you, your partner, or your lifestyle.
Compared to getting a screening from a doctor (screening 200 SGD + Consultation 40-150SGD), we only charge the lab cost and a minimal consultation fee! Complimentary doctor teleconsultation is included by this purchase as a gift from Ferne Health!
What's the advantage of this at-home screening kit?
This at-home HPV screening kit allows moms to take care of their health without leaving their house. The company will deliver the kit to your doorsteps and pick it up once you collect the sample. The results will be delivered by licensed medical professionals via teleconsultation. There is no need to struggle about finding time for your routine checkup from your busy work, spending time with families, and treating yourselves an afternoon tea! You deserve all of them!
It also avoids the awkward moments being examed by male doctors or answering private questions in person. No one understands your bodies more than yourselves, and this kit allows you to take the cervical cell sample yourself without any discomfort, as simple as using a tampon.
In Singapore, cervical cancer is the 8th most common cause of cancer deaths among Singaporean women. When detected early, cervical cancer is more than 90% treatable in the early stages.
Cervical cancer is a slow-progressing condition and it usually takes up to 15 years to develop. Therefore, regular screening is encouraged as there are no signs or symptoms at the early stages of cervical cancer.
Even if you have been in a monogamous, a long-term relationship, you could still test positive, as the infection can stay dormant (latent) for years and years before it is detected. In fact, 85% of HPV detections occur during periods of monogamy or abstinence.1 Remember, a positive HPV test result can happen to anyone. It is not a reflection on you, your partner, or your lifestyle.
4. What does this kit do?
This at-home HPV screening kit detects HPV DNA Type 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66, and 68, which are associated with cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer in women, using an at-home cervical DNA swab sampling method. The kit will come with a self-sampling brush, an instruction card, a customer information card, and the return package.
Steps are as follows:
HOW TO COLLECT SAMPLE?
• Do not use if the packaging of the Evalyn®Brush is damaged or if the expiry date has passed.
• Do not use during menstruation.
• Do not use during pregnancy or for three months following pregnancy.
• Do not use any other vaginal products for at least two days before using the Evalyn®Brush. Vaginal contraceptives, condoms and water-based lubricants can be used as normal.
• For single use only.
• Re-use can result in infection and/or incorrect diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HPV?
HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus, a common virus that can infect many parts of the body. There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, grouped into (i) high-risk types (may cause cancer) and (ii) low risk types (non-cancer causing). About 40 HPV strains can infect the genital area. High-risk strains of HPV are associated with cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer in women, and less commonly, anal or penile cancer in men. The most common high-risk strains are 16 and 18. Low-risk strains of HPV may cause no symptoms or lead to genital warts. HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for about 90% of genital warts. Other HPV strains may infect the skin of the fingers, hands and face.
How is HPV transmitted?
HPV infection is very common in men and women. It can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact such as sexual activity, by sharing contaminated sex toys and very rarely, during delivery from an infected mother to her baby. HPV cannot be spread by sitting on toilet seats or touching common surfaces.
What causes HPV in females?
HPV infection occurs when the virus enters your body, usually through a cut, abrasion or small tear in your skin. The virus is transferred primarily by skin-to-skin contact. Genital HPV infections are contracted through sexual intercourse, anal sex and other skin-to-skin contact in the genital region.
What are the signs and symptoms of a HPV infection?
Most HPV infections do not have any signs or symptoms. Some HPV infection may cause genital warts. High-risk HPV infection of the cervix does not cause any signs and symptoms. The abnormality on the cervix is detectable by cervical screening (Pap test) and by HPV DNA (genetic material) tests. Symptoms of cervical cancer include abnormal vaginal bleeding such as bleeding after menstrual periods of after sex. There may also be changes in the amount, colour or smell of the vaginal discharge.
Can HPV be treated?
No treatment is required for asymptomatic HPV infections. Most HPV infections (90 percent of the cases) are cleared by the body without the need for treatment. Treatment is directed at HPV-associated conditions such as pre-cancerous lesions, cancer or genital warts. Although HPV virus cannot be treated, regular cervical cancer screening tests can either help to detect changes in the cervical cells caused by HPV infection (Pap test) or to identify high-risk HPV cancer-causing strains.
How is HPV related to Cervical Cancer?
Certain types of HPV can infect the cervix (the lower part of the womb), vagina and vulva. In most cases, the body's immune system can fight off the infection and clear the virus. However, sometimes the HPV infection can persist and cause abnormal changes to the cells.
Some of these abnormal cells may develop into cervical cancer. This usually takes years to develop. Specifically, HPV subtypes 16 and 18 account for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.
How can I best protect myself against Cervical Cancer?
Regular cervical cancer screening is the most effective way to detect abnormal changes in the cervical cells and cervical cancer.
All women aged 25 and above who have ever had sex should have either a Pap test once every three years (for women 25 to 29 years old) or a HPV (or HPV DNA) test once every five years (for women 30 years and above).
Do I still need to go for PAP and HPV test if I have gone for a HPV vaccination?
Yes. This is because the HPV vaccine only protects you from 70% to 90% of the common cancer-causing HPV strains (dependent on the type of HPV vaccine).
Even if you have received the HPV vaccination, it is important that you still go for regular cervical cancer screening as the HPV immunisation only protects against 70 to 90 percent of high-risk HPV strains.