HPV self-sampling plan for GP clinics
GPs will be asked to offer self-sampling in the surgery if under-screened women decline an HPV DNA test that involves a speculum, as part of sweeping changes to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP).
A recent meta-analysis, published in The Lancet Oncology, confirms self-sampling is a valid option to reach women not participating in a regular screening program, cytologists say.
Associate Professor Marion Saville, executive director of VCS Incorporated, which provides services for the NCSP, says there is a small loss of sensitivity.
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