At-home HPV tests now available across Canada. What to know – GLOBAL

September 26, 2023

A new at-home test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) in now available across Canada — at a cost — as doctors urge for better access to cervical cancer screening in the country.

The testing kit by Switch Health can be bought online and is available across the country except for the northern territories and Prince Edward Island.

It costs $99 and screens for high-risk genotypes of HPV, including subtypes HPV 16 and 18 which accounts for 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases, according to company’s website.

“This test taps logistics networks to get to one’s home and back to the lab without someone ever having to leave their home,” said Mary Langley, co-founder of Switch Health, in an interview with Global News.

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