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Test yourself for the HPV virus in Skåne

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Are you a woman and between 23 and 70 years old? Then you will regularly receive a test for the HPV virus. You can take the test yourself at home. The test shows if you have the virus HPV which can cause the disease cancer.

Previously, your cell sample was taken by a midwife. Now, anyone living in Skåne can get a test at home instead.

You take the test yourself at home. Then submit the test for analysis.

What is HPV?

HPV is a very common virus. HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is spread from person to person, for example during sex. It sometimes causes changes to cells in the cervix, and these cell changes can lead to cancer.

HPV normally has no symptoms, and you won’t be aware that you have it. So you should always do a test when the time comes round.

It is important to test yourself

The test shows if you have the HPV virus. It is good to detect HPV early. Then it is easier to treat the virus and get well. Therefore, test yourself every time you get a test performed at home.

Test yourself even if you are vaccinated against HPV. The vaccine does not completely protect against HPV.

The test is free. You decide if you want to test yourself.

In some cases, you do not need to test yourself

You do not need to test yourself if any of these apply to you:

When do I get the test?

Here you can see when you get the test home:

  • Are you between 23 and 49 years old? Then you get tested every three years.
  • Are you between 50 and 70 years old? Then you get tested every five years.

If you are 64 years old and do not have HPV, you do not need to do more tests.

If you have protected personal data

Do you have protected personal data? Then Region Skåne sends both your test and test results to the Swedish Tax Agency. The Swedish Tax Agency will then send you the test and test result.

If you don’t get a test

If you haven’t been sent a test when one is due, please contact Rådgivning egenprovtagning HPV (Advice on self-testing for HPV).

If you are pregnant

Test yourself through a midwife if you are pregnant. You can also wait and test yourself after pregnancy.

Do not use the test you receive at home by post.

This is how it works

You will receive the test by post when it's time.

Instructions are included with the test. It says how to perform it. The instructions are available in Swedish and English.

Do not use any medicine in the vagina the day before or on the same day. Also, wait with the test if you are menstruating. Then you should test yourself when your period is over instead.

Do the following:

  1. Carry out the test on yourself. 
  2. Send the test back in a letter. Send the letter within seven days after you test yourself.
  3. You will receive the test result by post within three months. Have you not received the test result within three months? Then you can contact Region Skåne:

    Rådgivning egenprovtagning HPV (Advice on self-testing for HPV)

If you have been circumcised

Female circumcision means that a woman's external genitalia have been removed or damaged. Female circumcision is prohibited in Sweden and in most countries.

If you have been circumcised, you can test yourself for HPV if you get the sampling stick in the vagina.

If this is not possible, you can get help from a midwife. The midwife will help you take the test. Contact Region Skåne for help:

Rådgivning egenprovtagning HPV (Advice on self-testing for HPV)

About your test result

The test shows if you have the HPV virus. You will receive the test result within three months.

You get an appointment with a midwife if you have HPV.

The midwife takes a cell sample from your vagina. The cell sample shows if you have had cell changes. Cell changes are usually harmless and usually heal on their own.

However, some cell changes can be dangerous and cause cancer. Cell changes are not felt either. It is good to detect them early and remove them. Most people will be healthy.

You can read more about cervical screening test here: Cervical screening test

If you have questions or want advice

Do you have any questions or want advice?

Contact Region Skåne:

Rådgivning egenprovtagning HPV (Advice on self-testing for HPV)

You can also call telephone number 1177 to get advice.

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