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HPV Self Sampling Posted on 18 May 2021

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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