Urine tests for HPV could boost the number of lives saved by allowing women to take part in the screening process in the privacy of their own homes, scientists have said.
Researchers behind a study on alternatives to cervical smear tests, published on thebmj.com, explained:
In well-resourced health systems, self-sampling could be used for women who are reluctant to attend for regular cervical screening.
In lower income countries that lack infrastructure, self-sampling might even be beneficial and cost effective for all women who are eligible for screening.
More research is now required to identify the true clinical performance and acceptability of urine testing for HPV in both settings.
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