One in three self-collected cervical screening samples rejected

A key laboratory has revealed the rocky start to the much-lauded innovation designed to appeal to under-screened women

A third of self-collected vaginal swabs for HPV DNA have not been processed, largely because the woman wasn’t eligible or the wrong kind of swab was used, cervical screening specialists say.

Associate Professor Julia Brotherton
Associate Professor Julia Brotherton.

Of the 6234 self-collected swabs received over more than three years by the VCS Pathology — the first lab approved to process self-collected samples — some 2166