P.E.I. hopes new at-home HPV tests will end cervical cancer in province by 2040 – CBC

About 200 people have tried new tests so far, with a clinician cross-checking results

Oct 19, 2023

Prince Edward Island could be one of the first provinces to offer at-home self-testing for human papillomavirus or HPV, according to the head of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

Dr. Krista Cassell said about 200 patients have tried the kits so far in a medical office setting, with the results cross-checked by a clinician.

“People like to do things in the privacy of their own home,” she said. “We’ve shown that it’s effective. It’s as good as a test. It picks up the presence of the virus if it’s present. It’s cost-effective. It’s easy to do.”

If all goes well, she thinks these at-home screening kits could be available to anyone who needs one on Prince Edward Island by the end of this year.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-cervical-cancer-hpv-tests-1.7002092

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