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New HPV Screening

October 25, 2023

New HPV Screening

We have some exciting news about cervical screening. Did you know that there is a new way to conduct the screening using a self-swab for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)? Let me tell you more about it and how it can benefit you.

Firstly, cervical screening is crucial for the early detection of any abnormalities in the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. It’s recommended for women between the ages of 25 and 65. The traditional screening method involves a healthcare professional taking a sample from your cervix using a speculum. However, thanks to advancements in technology, a new self-swab method for HPV testing has been developed.

With the new self-swab technique, you can conveniently take the sample yourself after meeting with one of our nurses. The great thing about this method is that it is just as accurate as the traditional method, but much more convenient and less invasive.

It’s important to remember that regular cervical screening is essential. The self-swab method simplifies the process, making it more accessible to all women and encouraging more individuals to get screened. Routine screenings can help detect any abnormalities early on, giving you the best chance for successful treatment if needed.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the HPV self-swab technique, feel free to ask. Your cervical health is important, and we’re here to support you along the way.


Who Can have it?

  • Women or people with a cervix aged 25 to 69, who have ever had intimate skin-to-skin contact or any sexual activity, no matter their sexual orientation.
  • Transgender men and non-binary people who were assigned female at birth will not be on the NCSPRegister if their assigned gender in the PMS is male.  Enrolment in NCSP must be notified.


  • Women and people with a cervix 30 years and over who are unscreened (have never had a screening test) or under-screened (haven’t had a cytology test in the past 5 years)
  • anyone requiring follow up
  • Māori and Pacific
  • anyone who is a community service card holder.

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