HPV Self-collection


VCS Pathology was the first pathology service in Australia accredited to report self-collected HPV tests as part of the National Cervical Screening Program. Self-collection allows eligible participants to take their own vaginal sample for HPV testing, removing a significant barrier to participation in screening.

From 1 July 2022, the National Cervical Screening Program removed previous criteria which limited access to self-collection for screening to a small group of people. Now, self-collection is available to all cervical screening participants. They can either choose to have their screening sample collected by their healthcare practitioner using a speculum or to collect their own by inserting a thin swab gently into their vagina. Participants are also able to get their health care practitioner to assist them to take the vaginal swab.

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