Vol. 1 No. 12 (2021)
Horizon Scans

Self-Sampling Devices for HPV Testing

Published December 22, 2021

Key Messages

  • This Horizon Scan summarized the available information regarding the use of self-sampling devices for HPV testing as part of cervical cancer screening programs.
  • HPV testing for primary cervical cancer screening is not currently a part of any Canadian screening programs. However, several provinces are in the process of implementation and some pilot testing.
  • Self-sampling is generally as accurate as clinician-collected sampling for HPV testing.
  • Self-sampling devices for HPV testing could likely be used to increase participation in cervical cancer screening programs.
  • Self-sampling for primary HPV screening was highly acceptable to study participants.
  • Culturally appropriate care, appropriate educational materials, and providing people with choice in the screening process may contribute to increased uptake of cervical cancer screening.
  • Health care providers identified self-sampling as an area where they might benefit from increased knowledge and training.