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This is a home HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) for women. It is done using a vaginal swab.
Why do this test? HPV is usually a silent infection so screening is useful to detect it. It can cause minor problems such as genital warts. However, HPV can also cause abnormal changes in the cells which can lead to cancer. HPV is the cause of nearly all cases of cervical cancer in women. It can also cause vulval or vaginal cancer.
There is a high level of reliability of self-collected vaginal samples by women comparable to those collected by doctors from the cervix. It is not meant to replace existing screening protocols and management. However, women may want to do a home HPV test for a number of reasons:
> testing after change of a sexual partner
> identifying individual high risk HPV DNA subtypes
> personal preference to self-collect vaginal samples
> an acceptable option for women wanting to avoid having a cervical smear
You will be sent a home HPV test kit which contains instructions and all that you need to collect a sample. The home HPV test kit also contains a postage-paid envelope with which you can return your sample to the laboratory for testing. Please note that this is not an instant test and you will not be able to get a result at home.
Time taken: Results for the home HPV test take 10 working days after reaching the laboratory *
Results for the home home HPV test are sent by email.
Interpretation of results:
Negative: high-risk HPV subtypes not identified. Client at very low risk of developing high-grade cervical diseas/CIN2+ before their next visit.
Positive: high-risk HPV subtypes present. Increased risk of developing CIN/cervical cancer. Recommendations given for follow-up.
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.