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New Self Test Found to be Effective at Cervical Screening
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A new user-friendly self-sampling device has accurately detected the human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cells collected by women at home and may increase cervical cancer screenings overall say researchers from The Netherlands. Their findings appear in the July 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. In the study women who had previously had a positive cervical smear test for HPV as well as healthy volunteers took a self-obtained sample at home and then visited a gynecologist where another sample was taken using an endocervical brush. Both samples were then processed using the high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) test and self-obtained samples were shown to be equally sensitive in detecting high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia as those collected from the endocervical brush. “In conclusion, self-obtained samples taken by this novel device are highly representative of the hrHPV status of the cervix,” say the researchers. “In combination with hrHPV testing, the use of this device may have implications for increasing the attendance rate for cervical cancer screening.”

(A.A.T.P. Brink, C.J.L.M. Meijer, M.A.H.M. Wiegerinck, T.E. Nieboer, R.F.P.M. Kruitwagen, F. Van Kemenade, N.F. Daalmeijer, A.T. Hesselink, J. Berkhof, P.J.F. Snijders. 2006. High concordance of results of testing for human papillomavirus in cervicovaginal samples collected by two methods, with comparison of a novel self-sampling device to a conventional endocervical brush. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 44. 7: 2518-2523.)