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Home HPV tests could boost screening

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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.

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  • Telegraph
    "Home health tests 'could do more harm than good'
    Health tests than can be carried out at home “could do more harm than good”, according to consumer experts.
    By Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent 12:01AM BST 31 Mar 2011
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    Looks like a printing error in the title which should read as 'that'?

    Does this also refer to other tests not mentioned in the Telegraph, such as the Home HPV tests in the NT.

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