This test will look for HPV on the cervix and monitor any changes.
Detecting HPV and monitoring changes is important in preventing cervical cancer.
You can learn more about HPV and self-collection here: What is HPV and what are the cervical screening options?
*This includes skin to skin genital contact, finger penetration, oral sex, or sharing of toys.
For self-collection you’ll need to see a doctor or health clinic and request a self-collection cervical screening test.
Self-collection is just as accurate as a clinician collected swab.
Your doctor, nurse or health worker will then provide you with instructions for self-collection. This will enable you to, in private, collect your own cells from your vagina/front-hole using a cotton swab.
Your results should be available in two weeks.
It’s important to know the options available to you when it comes to cervical screening and self-collection can be an important way to make cervical screening easier and less stressful.
There may be times where you need a clinician collected sample, such as previous history of an abnormal test result. In this instance, you can ask your health worker if you can insert the speculum yourself.
It’s a good idea to check out Trans Health SA’s website and find a GP that is both affirming and has self-collection as an option for cervical screening. We recommend checking that your doctor has self-collection as an option before making an appointment. Visit: www.transhealthsa.com
A set of two posters encouraging cervical screening self-collection. This activity is supported by grant funding from Wellbeing SA.