Could HPV Self-Tests Help More Women Worldwide? (Video)

Self-test kits could aid cervical cancer prevention

Could HPV Self-Tests Help More Women Worldwide? (Video)

To fight cervical cancer, you can start with human papillomavirus (HPV). In fact, certain strains of HPV are responsible for 99 percent of cervical cancer cases.

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Even though we’ve seen great strides in HPV prevention and treatment, the benefits are limited to a small population — women with access to HPV tests and vaccines.

To expand access to more women all over the world, scientists have developed self-administered HPV test kits, which include:

  • Test tube
  • Swab
  • Mail-in box

Women can conduct their own test, mail a sample back to a lab and be alerted to dangerous strains of HPV.

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Some experts believe 2017 will be the year these tests are deployed on a large scale, representing the biggest cervical cancer prevention effort to date.

Watch this video to learn more about HPV self-administered tests.

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