National Cervical Screening Program – How to take your own cervical screening test sample (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women)


Hey I’m Jaina and I’m going to help you collect your own sample for your cervical screening test.

This test looks for HPV – a common infection. An HPV test can help protect you from cervical cancer.

It’s okay to be nervous. Remember, this is a safe and effective way to have a cervical screening test.

If you need additional help, just ask your doctor. You can give advice without looking. If you think you made a mistake, let them know. You can start again.

Once you have been given a private space, find a place where you are comfortable.

Take a look at the self-collection swab without opening it. It may not look exactly like this, but you should see one end to hold and another end to take your sample.

The first step is to pull down or remove your underwear.

Now twist the cap and remove the swab from the packaging. Be careful to hold it by the cap only and don’t put it down on anything. If you accidentally drop it or the swab touches something, you can ask for another one.

The swab has a line or mark that tells you how far to insert it. Gently insert the swab into your vagina a few inches up to the line. Twist it gently for 10 to 30 seconds. It might be a little uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt.

Remove the swab, put it back in the packaging and seal the whole thing.

And that’s it, you’re done! Get dressed and give the swab to your doctor for self-collection. You can talk to them about what’s happening next and how to get your results.


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