HPV self-testing could be a way forward in East Africa

In a study among 344 sex workers aged 18 to 49 years in Nairobi, researchers found similar sensitivity and specificity for specimens collected by the women themselves and physician-collected specimens.

Eastern Africa, where there is no Pap smear screening program, has among the highest annual incidence of invasive cervical cancer in the world, at 34 per 100,000 people.

HPV self-testing could be used to identify women who need follow-up without the need for an initial gynaecological