Quick and accurate results for STD testing
Greenville Pathology PA has added a high-tech diagnostic weapon for the treatment battle against sexually-transmitted diseases and cervical cancer. Women should ask their healthcare provider for a “Panther” test for STD testing such as Chlamydia/Gonorrhea and HPV testing which has been shown to produce the majority of cases of cervical cancer.
The “Panther” test refers to the high-tech diagnostic equipment that launched in July, 2015 at Greenville Pathology. The Panther System from Hologic “hunts” for evidence of the diseases in samples from women sent to Greenville Pathology.
The FDA-approved molecular testing consolidates testing and maximizes efficiency through its fully-automated platform. This means Eastern North Carolina women and their healthcare providers can get accurate and quick test results that pinpoint any potential treatment issues.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially dangerous ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).
Trichomoniasis (or “trich”) is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Although symptoms of the disease vary, most women and men who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected.
Trichomoniasis is considered the most common curable STD. In the United States, an estimated 3.7 million people have the infection, but only about 30% develop any symptoms of trichomoniasis. Infection is more common in women than in men, and older women are more likely than younger women to be infected.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers.
If patients or healthcare providers need more information, healthcare providers can contact Greenville Pathology at 252-561-7992 for further information.
Dr. William A. Ballance, Jr., owner and CEO of Greenville Pathology, says “since its inception, Greenville Pathology PA has been committed to staying on the forefront of Women’s Health by providing those we serve with the best and most up-to-date FDA approved technology that is available in the market as caring for our patients has always been a top priority. The Panther fulfills that commitment by allowing us to bring the best technology to the providers we serve and reducing the wait time for results dramatically.”