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Self-collected cervical screening

What is self-collection?

A self-collected Cervical Screening Test is when a woman or person with a cervix takes their own sample with a cotton swab. This test is done at the doctor’s or other health setting, usually behind a screen or in the bathroom. Alternatively, VCS now offer home self-collected samples for eligible women – find out more.

Who is eligible for self-collection?

A woman or person with a cervix may be eligible for self-collection if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are aged 30 and over
    and
  • Are overdue for a Cervical Screening Test by two years or more
    and
  • Have said no to a Cervical Screening Test from a health professional
    and
  • Are not symptomatic.

If you are interested in self-collection as a cervical screening method, it is important that you speak to your GP about your eligibility. If you are eligible, your practitioner will provide you with a swab and explain how to  do the test.

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