More than 25% of women opt for HPV self-swabbing

Universal access to self-swabbing has also encouraged uptake in under-screened women, show latest data.

One in four women undergoing HPV screening are now opting for self-collected swabs, according to figures from the federal Department of Health and Aged Care.

The number of never- and under-screened women being tested has also jumped since the Medicare criteria for vaginal self-swabbing were relaxed in mid-2022.