A new alternative for pap smears is being rolled out across Australia.
Following the decision for HPV testing to replace traditional pap smears, new DIY methods have been created in an effort to ensure more women are tested and to reduce the number of women falling victim to cervical cancer.
While it still requires a doctor’s visit, women can now go to the bathroom and privately collect a sample with the method described as easy and painless as “putting a tampon in.”
“It is important to understand that this isn’t something you do at home,” said Deborah Bateson, the medical director at Family Planning NSW.
“You can do this in the privacy of the bathroom or behind the screen. Women can have that sample collected and their GP can send it off to their lab.”
It’s already clear the new testing method will save lives: a report published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that if 100,000 previously unscreened women did the DIY test once, at the age of 30, 364 cancer deaths would be prevented.
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