digene HPV Test Success Stories

When Real Women Get HPV...

Every day, women learn they have HPV. It could happen to your favorite aunt, your next-door neighbor or even to you. But that doesn’t mean you will get cervical cancer. Even if testing shows that your HPV infection isn’t clearing up on its own, early intervention can stop abnormal cells from turning cancerous. That’s why we’re celebrating the women and their doctors who had the foresight to add the HPV test to their annual exams. Watch and listen as a few of our "success stories" tell of their journeys from discovery, to diagnosis, to decisive action.

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Jodi McKinney and Dr. Mamie Bowers

A mother of five and always on the go, Jodi McKinney did everything right, including getting annual Pap tests. After her Pap was normal but an HPV test showed she had the virus, further examination found pre-cancerous cells on her cervix. Luckily, that early warning meant that treatment was successful in stopping cancer from developing.


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Micheline Fornarotto and Dr. Alan Welt

If you aren’t yet convinced about the value of the HPV test in cervical cancer prevention, you will be after you hear Micheline Fornarotto and Dr. Alan Welt. Thanks to the advanced technology of the digene HPV Test, Micheline was ultimately saved from a rare form of cervical cancer that the Pap regularly fails to detect.


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Bette Cockrell and Dr. Jay Staub

Fit and in her 50s, Bette was "religious" about her annual exams. She was also fortunate in her choice of physicians: In 2005, her doctor began using the HPV test as a routine screen for each of his patients over 30. That decision made all the difference for Bette.