GPs warned over new self-collected HPV test criteria

The Medicare item requirement for universal self-swabbing from 1 July has the potential to trip up doctors, says Professor Marion Saville

A leading cervical screening expert is urging GPs to review the new Medicare criteria for self-collected HPV DNA samples to avoid patients being hit with an unexpected pathology bill.

Professor Marion Saville
Professor Marion Saville.

From 1 July, GPs can offer all women in the National Cervical Screening Program the option of vaginal self-swabbing, whereas previously this was restricted to women