Let's Talk About Sexual Health: HPV, Pap Smears, Home HPV Screening Tests, & Cervical Cancer / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Let's Talk About Sexual Health: HPV, Pap Smears, Home HPV Screening Tests, & Cervical Cancer

This post is sponsored by Nurx, but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

Let's talk about sexual health! January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Do you know the status of your cervix? How often do you think about Human Papillomavirus (HPV), pap smears, home HPV screening tests, or cervical cancer? Sexual health is often regarded as a private, taboo topic. But not here, not today. We're all friends here; it's incredibly important to chat with each other so we can learn & be our best selves. Let's talk!

About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is the most commonly transmitted sexually transmitted infection. Did you know 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV? Each year 14 million people are newly infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Get Pap Smears Every 3 Years

Whether you're 25 or in your 30s, it's important to schedule a pap smear every three years. 

What is Nurx?

Nurx allows people to take charge of their health by giving them access to affordable, convenient, quick health care options. If you don't live near a medical clinic, if you can't afford health care, or if you don't have health insurance, Nurx focuses on reaching women who lack traditional healthcare services.

What is the Nurx Home HPV Screening Test?

Okay, so Nurx’s home HPV test allows you to check your risk for cervical cancer from the convenience of your own home. The test kit checks for 14 strains of HPV that have a higher risk of leading to cervical cancer. It's the same quality as a pap smear, but it allows you to check your risk for cervical cancer between doctor's visits. Taking the Nurx Home HPV Screening Test gives you peace of mind until you see a doctor. you don't have to lay awake at night worrying about your cervix. Just remember: this is preventative care, not treatment. The doesn't replace your doctor nor does it diagnose cervical cancer.

How the HPV Home Kit Works

1. Download the Nurx app to your phone or visit Nurx.com.
2. You'll be prompted to answer a handful of questions about your health.
3. Then bing, bang, boom! Nurx ships the kit straight to your door.
4. Follow the kit instructions, send your sample, wait for results.

If your results are negative, it means your risk for cervical cancer is low & you don't need additional testing for another three years. If your results are positive, it doesn't necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. You can work closely with the medical team to help figure out the next steps.

How do you feel about your sexual health? Rather than worry, address your health head-on. Get tested & take it from there. Screening yourself is preventative care, not a treatment. Make sure you're still seeing your doctor because the rest of your body needs care too. The Nurx Home HPV Screening Test is a convenient, affordable option to check your risk for cervical cancer. Try the kit yourself by downloading the iOS mobile app! Check out the Nurx website to learn more.

So tell me: how often do you get a pap smear? Are you taking time to take care of yourself? 

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Nurx. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]


  1. This topic makes my stomach turn. But it's important to be informed


  2. One of my goals for this year is to go for my Smear Test. I have a really negative relationship with my body so the thought of going is terrifying, but I'm determined to do it!

    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  3. This is such an informative read dear. Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  4. I know what you mean. I feel the same way because it can be so scary & overwhelming! Sometimes getting it done & tested or going to the doctor is the best way to ease the mind (& settle the stomach). :]

  5. It can be terrifying & overwhelming. I know I feel that way but sometimes it eases the mind to just go to the doctor & get it done. Stay healthy, Jess! :]

  6. This was so important and so educational

  7. I need to check this out! I got my first pap smear the end of 2018, and I was so UNCOMFORTABLE. My best friend gets hers every year and it's just so weird that no one has every told me to get a pap smear before~

    Demi | http://demibang.com/

  8. Wow the home kit sounds amazing! I hope that's available in the UK xx

    GemmaEtc.com ❤️


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