Will all women be able to self-swab for HPV screening?

Proposal to ditch restrictions on self-collection now under debate

All women could choose to self-collect their own samples for HPV testing under changes to cervical screening being canvassed by the Federal Health Department.

The department is undertaking a targeted consultation on the National Cervical Screening Program policy that limits self-collection to women 30 or older who have never participated in cervical screening or are more than two years overdue for a test.

Under the proposal, aimed at boosting screening participation, any woman could choose between a self