Home tests for the human papillomavirus could help increase take-up of cervical screening among women who do not respond to screening invitations, according to researchers.
They looked at 3,000 women from NHS Westminster who had not responded to at least two screening invitations.
Self-sample HPV test kits were sent to half, while the remainder received another invitation.
Around 10% of women responded to receiving kits, compared to 4.5% in the invites group.
The authors said home testing could address reasons for not attending screening, like lack of time or embarrassment.
- Szarewski A, et al. HPV self-sampling as an alternative strategy in non-attenders for cervical screening – a randomised controlled trialBritish Journal of Cancer (2011) 104: 915–920
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