Friday, 31 August 2007

Self-collection of HPV testing specimens feasible according to study

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In a new study published in CMAJ, Dr. Gina Oglivie and colleagues explored the feasibility of women self-collecting specimens for HPV testing. They focused on women who might not make full use of screening programs such as women who were homeless or involved in the sex trade.

Nurses recruited women from women's shelters and alleys in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Of the 151 participants, almost 29% tested positive for high-risk HPV. The nurses were able to recontact over 80% of the patients who tested positive to refer them for further testing.

The authors conclude that self-collection of specimens is feasible for women who are at high risk of HPV infection.

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