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HPV Self Sampling Posted on 7 Jan 2022

Fair Processing Notice

This practice is taking part in the YouScreen research study run by King's College London.

As part of the stufy, women aged 25-64 years who are at least 6 months overdue their cervical screening (previously known as a 'smer test') may receive a letter and a self-sample kit in the post, or to be offered a kit during their appointment. 

If you meet the criteria above, this tudy will collect de-personalised data about you from NHS England and your GP records, even if you do not take part. We will not link your name or identifiable details to this information. The information collected will include your age, ethnicity, general area location, and details about your previous and future cervical screening and link it to data from the national screening database.

If you have any questions about this study or if you do not want this non-identifiable information data to be shared, please speak to a member of the GP practice reception staff.


What is self-sampling? 

Self-sampling is when women collect their own sample for cervical screening using a vaginal swab or brush. Self-samples are analysed for the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Self-sampling has been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ for cervical screening that will make screening more accessible and acceptable to women.

Women can take their own sample for cervical screening, in private and at a time and place of their choosing. 

The fact that women don’t need to have a speculum examination is a key advantage.

Self-sampling has already been integrated into the national screening programmes of The Netherlands, Denmark, Australia and Malaysia.

YouScreen is being delivered by the Cancer Prevention Group at King’s College London. It is funded by the North Central London and North East Cancer Alliances and is sponsored by University College London.

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