Cervical Cancer Screening Update

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

What’s new in Cervical Cancer Screening!

Back in February 2019 we described how the national cervical cancer screening programme was moving away from traditional smear tests to a slightly different method of testing – testing for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Following on from this, a self-sampling kit for HPV testing has now become available. This is an important development, as it means that women who have not been attending for smear appointments for various reasons, can now take the test in the privacy of their own home – at a time of their choosing.

How does it work?

The test simply involves a swab or a soft brush that can be gently inserted into the vagina to collect a sample – it does not need to reach the cervix (neck of the womb).
No other equipment is needed. The sample can then be sent directly to the laboratory by post. Alternatively, women can attend a clinic, perform the test in private and then hand the sample kit to clinical staff.
Studies so far show that women have been able to collect good samples and that results are very accurate.
Results are available within 72 hrs.

Where can I get the self-sampling kit from?

Unfortunately, the self-sampling kits are not yet available on the NHS, however, are available privately.
Are you interested in self-testing? If so please get in touch. A consultation is recommended prior to a self-testing kit being issued.

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