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HPV self testing to be piloted in two areas

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 25 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1357
  1. Harriet Pike
  1. Cambridge

Women who fail to attend cervical screening in northeast London and north central London are to be sent human papillomavirus self sampling kits as part of a pilot, Public Health England has confirmed.

The agency is working with King’s College London and the University College London Hospital Cancer Collaborative to test whether HPV self sampling can be implemented, as part of an initiative aimed at combating the low uptake of cervical cancer screening tests in England.

Anne Mackie, director of screening programmes at PHE, said that the pilot, which is due to start in September 2019, was “in its early stages.”

The London pilot will offer 22 000 self sampling kits by post to women’s homes or when women consult their GP for other reasons. Women can mail their sample directly for laboratory …

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