The potential role of self-sampling for high-risk human papillomavirus detection in cervical cancer screening

Rev Med Virol. 2011 May;21(3):139-53. doi: 10.1002/rmv.686.


High-risk human papillomavirus (hr-HPV) detection will become an important tool in the screening for cervical cancer. Self-sampling is an inexpensive and well-accepted method for HPV detection that will increase participation of nonresponders in current screening programs. Even more, because self-collected samples are as good as physician-collected samples for HPV detection, self-sampling might be a suitable method for future primary cervical cancer screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*