How to take your own sample for a HPV test
To be provided only by a healthcare provider during a consultation
Self-collection is to be completed in a health care setting, behind a screen or in the privacy of a bathroom or toilet. Ask your healthcare provider for help if you are having difficulty with taking the sample, or if you would like them to explain these instructions further.
To collect your own sample, follow these instructions.[
1. Before starting
Your healthcare provider will give you a package. Inside is a swab.
Your swab may look different to those pictured here.
Before you open the package, make sure you know which end of the swab can be held (Tip A), and which end is for taking the sample (Tip B). If you are unsure which end is which, ask your healthcare provider for advice.
Before taking the sample make sure your hands are clean and dry.
Make sure you are in a comfortable position and your underwear is lowered.
2. Preparing the swab
Twist the cap and remove the swab from the packaging.
Make sure not to touch Tip B that will be inserted to collect the sample.
Do not put the swab down.
3. Inserting the swab
Use your free hand to move skin folds at the entrance of your vagina. Gently insert Tip B into your vagina (similar to inserting a tampon).
The swab may have a line or mark on it showing you how far to insert.
4. Taking the sample
Rotate the swab gently for 10–30 seconds; this should not hurt, but may feel a bit uncomfortable.
5. Storing the sample
Still holding Tip A, gently remove the swab from your vagina.
Place the swab back into the packaging with Tip B going in first.
Screw the cap back on and return the package to your healthcare provider.
6. Sending the sample
The sample will be sent to a pathology laboratory for HPV testing.
The results of the test will be sent to your healthcare provider.
Please note if HPV is detected, you will need to return to your healthcare provider for a clinician-collected sample and appropriate management.