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This is a Home HPV Test (Human Papilloma Virus) for Men. It can be done from any of 3 sites; throat, penis (urethral) or anus. Please specify above how many sites you would like to do the test. On the following screen you can specify which site(s) when entering your date of birth.
Why do this test? HPV is usually a silent infection so screening is useful to detect it. It can cause genital warts and, rarely, anal, genital and throat cancer. The HPV types tested for are:
You will be sent a home test kit. Simply do the test at home and return to the laboratory in the postage-paid envelope supplied.
Time taken: 3-5 working days (after arriving at the laboratory) *
Results for the home HPV test are sent by email.
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.
How to take a urethral swab:
Do not pass urine for 1 hour prior to sampling.
Open the swab packaging. Remove the applicator from the transport tube, holding the coloured cap only. Do not touch the swab or tip.
Retract the foreskin if required, and wipe away any pus or discharge if present.
Insert the cotton tip 1cm into the urethra. Gently rotate the swab 3 times (this should take about 2 seconds), ensuring good contact with the surface of the urethra.
Withdraw the swab, place in transport tube without touching applicator and ensure the cap is firmly closed.
Stick the completed sample label onto transport tube with your full name, date of birth, date of sample collection.