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HPV Home Test

In addition to the conventional smear test carried out by a GP, women of 30 years or older can also test themselves for the presence of HPV using an HPV Home Test. Infections with the human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to cervical cancer. This test looks for the strains of HPV likely to cause cervical cancer. This test allows you to perform an HPV test at home. Within seven days your test results will be available online. Many people do not know the difference between an HPV test for women and a conventional smear test. In short, the smear test looks for abnormalities in cervical cells while the HPV Home Test looks for the strains of HPV likely to cause cancer. In both cases, a smear test is performed. The advantage of an HPV test is that it is much more sensitive than the smear test for the early detection of potential cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV.

What is the HPV Home Test?

In addition to the conventional smear test carried out by a GP, women of 30 years or older can also test themselves for the presence of HPV using an HPV Home Test. Infections with the human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to cervical cancer.

This test looks for the strains of HPV likely to cause cervical cancer. This test allows you to perform an HPV test at home. Within seven days your test results will be available online. Many people do not know the difference between an HPV test for women and a conventional smear test. In short, the smear test looks for abnormalities in cervical cells while the HPV Home Test looks for the strains of HPV likely to cause cancer. In both cases, a smear test is performed. The advantage of an HPV test is that it is much more sensitive than the Pap test in the early detection of potential cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV.

What is the HPV Home Test used for?

HPV is found in the skin tissue of the genital area or the mucus membranes of the cervix and is passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex. There are different types of HPV. Some types of HPV infection can cause genital warts and other types can cause cervical cancer. In most cases, the HPV infection goes away on its own. If it doesn’t, the infection can cause abnormalities in the cervix cells. Some of these abnormal pre-cancerous cells may develop into cancer if left untreated. The HPV self-test allows you to detect if you have an HPV infection in the cervix and thus reduces the chance of cervical cancer. If cervical cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, there is a very good chance of a cure.

How to use the HPV Home Test to detect the human papillomavirus

Many women dread going to their GP for a smear test. If you are one of these women, a home smear test can be an alternative that is more comfortable for you. With the HPV Home Test, you can perform your smear test in the privacy of your home at a time of your choosing. The test is also very easy to use. The HPV test kit includes a vaginal brush, code card, plastic seal bag and return box. Use the brush to collect some vaginal secretion. For precise instructions, see the package leaflet. The method you follow is important and poor technique may miss any HPV that could be there. The procedure is not painful or complicated – it isn’t very different from inserting a tampon. The brush and the sample should be sent to a laboratory in the return box. Do not forget to stick the code sticker on the brush. After seven days, you can view your results online using the log-in details on the code card.

Results of the HPV Home Test

If the results of the test show that you have an HPV infection, you should contact your GP for further testing or advice.

Do not be alarmed – a positive result does not mean you have or will get cervical cancer. However, it is important that you have your cervical mucus checked for abnormalities regularly.

Does the HPV Home Test have any side effects?

The HPV Home Test has no side effects whatsoever.

When should you not use the HPV Home Test?

  • The HPV Home Test is only intended for use in women. There is no HPV test for men;
  • Do not perform the test during your period. A vaginal discharge sample should preferably be blood free in order to detect HPV infection;
  • The HPV Home Test should not be used by women who are pregnant or who have had a baby in the last three months.
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