NWT HPV Study - Get Your Pap Test Today!

PapResearchers in the NWT are currently doing a study on HPV and you can participate by filling out a 5-10 minute survey when you get your regular Pap test!

Background on the study

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital warts and cancer of the cervix in some women.  During regular Pap tests, samples can be also tested for presence of HPV virus.  A positive HPV test only means that you have HPV in your cervix and it does not mean that you have or will develop cervical cancer.

Purpose of this study

The purpose of this HPV study is to find out the presence of the HPV infections in NWT women.  We also want to understand whether there are some life habits that increase the chance of having the infection. The information will then be used by NWT public health professionals to develop effective cancer screening and prevention programs for women in the North.

How is the study being done?

Nurses, midwives, and doctors will ask women aged 18-69 years old to participate in the study by signing a consent form, completing a questionnaire (which takes 5-10 minutes), and having a regular Pap test.  No additional medical procedures are done other than the regular Pap test.  There are no additional risks to participants, as the Pap smear is a safe examination.  All information is strictly confidential and this study uses identification numbers for the data collected instead of participants' names.

Where is the study being done?

Several communities throughout the NWT are currently participating in this study.

When is the study happening?

 April 1, 2008 - Sept. 30, 2009

Who is doing the study?

NWT HPV Study partners are the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services, McGill University, and the Arctic Health Research Network-NT.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Yang Mao, Public Health Agency of Canada
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Brassard, Department of Medicine, McGill University
NWT Project Coordinator: Candice Lys, Arctic Health Research Network-NT

The full name of this study is: The Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Its Impact on Cervical Dysplasia in the Northwest Territories

Want more information?

For more information call Candice Lys (HPV Project Coordinator for the Arctic Health Research Network-NT) @ 1-888-698-2476 & 867-873-9337 or email