Did you know that you can now take your own cervical screening sample? The test is free, easy and reliable.
With the self-collection method you can take your own vaginal sample with a swab and without a speculum. The sample looks for HPV – finding HPV early is your best protection against cervical cancer. Self-collection is just as accurate at detecting HPV as a Cervical Screening Test taken by your doctor or nurse.
This test is done at the doctor’s or other health setting, usually in private behind a screen or in the bathroom. It is painless, easy and reliable.
You may be currently eligible for self-collection if you:
- are aged 30 years and over
- are overdue for a Cervical Screening Test by two years or more
- have no symptoms (like unexplained bleeding).
You can talk to your doctor or nurse about self-collection and find out if you are eligible.
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Is self-collection as accurate as a traditional Cervical Screening Test?
A self-collected test is just as effective at detecting HPV as a practitioner-collected Cervical Screening Test.
Your GP or Nurse Cervical Screening Provider will explain how to do the self-collected test. It is a simple, reliable test.
If you are interested in self-collection, it is important that you speak to your GP or Nurse Cervical Screening Provider about your eligibility.
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