ART + HEALTH = HEALING
In an effort to use art for the good, Go Doc Go and CronArtUSA (Hudson Valley artist Ryan Cronin’s company) have teamed up again for a creative health initiative: “The Box,” an installation created by Cronin and Go Doc Go founder Maggie Carpenter, MD, that women can use for privacy while self-swabbing/collecting a sample for HPV screening. “The Box” installation will be open to the public this weekend for its debut run at the O+ Festival in Kingston, NY.
Traditionally, cervical cancer screening utilized the pap smear which required a doctor’s visit for a pelvic exam. However, HPV testing is now an established alternative to pap smear screening in women ages 30-65. Self-collection of your own sample has been proven to be as effective as a sample taken by a health care provider. Go Doc Go previously focused its efforts on preventing cervical cancer in low and middle-income countries, but in recent years statistics have shown a sharp increase in cervical cancer among American women without access to screening-- or those have not shown for screening.
After the self-collection inside “The Box” and subsequent processing, results will be given by phone. The tests are will be processed by Bioreference Laboratories at a reduced cost, paid for by Go Doc Go and the O+ Festival. Any woman with abnormal results will be referred to the Institute for Family Health for further evaluation. Both Carpenter and Cronin hope that this will be the first of many showings of “The Box,” assessing that together they will not only raise awareness about cervical cancer but also help prevent it by diagnosing HPV before it has time to develop into cancer.
Come check out "The Box" at The Old Dutch Church in Kingston, 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY.