What is GenPap?
Whether you’re entering a new relationship, trying to conceive, or pregnant, a new phase in your life means a new way of looking at your health. Depending on your situation or medical history, your Ob-Gyn may recommend GenPap.
GenPap is more than just a test, it’s a revolutionary approach in the detection and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other vaginal infections. With one collection and multiple detections, the test will simplify your visit as well as give you and your doctor the answers that will ensure your proper care and prepare you for the next step in your life.
How is the test performed?
GenPap isn’t a blood test; it’s part of your pelvic exam. Your doctor will collect a sample from the vaginal/cervical area as he or she does during a Pap test. If you test positive for an organism, your doctor may prescribe a treatment including topical or oral antibiotics or anti-fungal remedies. Your doctor may also recommend additional testing in the future or for your sexual partner.
Who is GenPap for?
GenPap is essentially for all women. There are different profiles depending on the woman’s needs or situation.
High Risk STI
If you are pregnant, it is essential that you are given a comprehensive test to ensure that you do not have a disease or infection that may cause harm to your baby during the pregnancy. This screening profile will detect all those organisms and will help you and your healthcare provider manage your pregnancy. This screening profile is also essential to give women peace of mind when entering a new relationship or if they have had unprotected sex.
This profile is important for women who are trying to conceive or are planning to conceive in the near future. It tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and other types of bacteria that may cause an infection. PID (or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) is a serious infection that can lead to pregnancy complications or infertility.
Cervicitis/Vaginitis Profile and/or the STI Lesion Profile
Sometimes, women have issues in their genital region and find it hard to communicate with their healthcare provider. It could be an infection that they’ve decided to self-treat, but the issue keeps coming back. A woman can have a suspicion that something just isn’t right. The C/V profile or the STI Lesion Profile will help you and your healthcare provider get the answers and eliminate the cause of pain or discomfort.
What is an STI?
STI stands for sexually transmitted infections, but is a general term that covers most vaginal infections. Having this test is not a judgment or a reflection of lifestyle choices.
What are the diseases/infections that GenPap covers?
Chlamydia/Gonorrhea, HPV, Herpes, Genital lesions, Cervicitis, Vaginitis and others. Some are sexually transmitted, while others are caused by different factors such as douching, IUD, antibiotics, poor hygiene, medical conditions such as diabetes, etc.
|Chlamydia||Chlamydia trachomatis (CT)|
|Gonorrhea||Neisseria gonorrhea (GC)|
|Bacterial Vaginosis||Gardnerella vaginalis, Anaerobic bacteria, i.e., Mobiluncus mulieris, Mobiluncus curtisii, Atopobium vaginae|
|Pelvic Inflammatory Disease||CT, GC, Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma, Gardnerella vaginalis, Anaerobic Bacteria, Trichomonas vaginalis|
|Anogenital Warts||Human Papilloma virus (HPV)|
|Cervical Cancer||Human Papilloma virus (HPV)|
|Cervicitis||CT, GC, Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma, Trichomonas vaginalis, Herpes simplex 1 and 2|
|Vulvovaginal Candiasis||Candida species|
|Anogenital Herpes||Herpes simplex 1 and 2|
|Nongonoccocal Urethritis (NGU)||CT, Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma, Trichomonas vaginalis, Herpes simplex 1 and 2|
|Lymphogranuloma venerum (LGV)||Chlamydia trachomatis L1, L2, L3|
What happens if I am positive for an organism?
Depending on the organism that was found, your doctor may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics, anti-fungal remedies, and may suggest that your partner be tested as well. Some organisms are “silent” and do not exhibit any symptoms. Your doctor may suggest repeat testing after prescribing medication. Your doctor may also choose a wait and see approach in instances where the situation may correct itself without medication.