Self-sample HPV tests are just as good as doctors

The women had no trouble following the instructions and would use them in the future

Mailing self-collection testing kits to women is as effective as testing by doctors when it comes to detecting high-risk HPV, US research suggests.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina mailed two home-testing kits to 193 low-income women, aged 30-64, who were overdue for screening.

Some had no recorded history of ever receiving a Pap test.

In Australia, the opportunity to carrying out self-sampling is a key component of the revised HPV testing scheme.

Self-collection is available to women who are at least 30 and considered underscreened (four or more years since the last Pap smear), who have never been screened and who decline a clinician-collected specimen.

In the US study, the women collected a cervicovaginal sample at home and then attended a clinic where they self-collected a second sample.

At the clinic a Pap smear sample was also collected by a doctor.