HPV Self-test Study

The HPV Self-test Study has Concluded – Stay Tuned for Results

The HPV Self-test Study is currently being conducted in Wellington North.

The objectives of the study are to…

  1. Increase cervical cancer screening participation
  2. Determine if HPV self-testing is an acceptable and feasibility first approach to cervical cancer screening in rural Ontario

Why are we doing this study?

There are many things that stop women from getting a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer. These things include inconvenient clinic hours, embarrassment about having a Pap test, discomfort while having a Pap test, and feeling uncomfortable with having a physical examination.

One way to address these barriers is to change the way we test…

  • We now know that having a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is necessary for the development of cervical cancer. We can test for HPV using a simple swab of cells taken from the vagina
  • An HPV test does not detect cancer. It detects whether a women is currently infected with HPV
  • An HPV test is used as a first-round test to screen for cervical cancer. It helps identify if a women needs to have a Pap test. Women who test positive need to have a Pap test to check for abnormal changes in the cells of her cervix


An HPV test is done using a swab. Women can be instructed on how to collect their own swab sample which could remove many of the reasons why women don’t get screened.

HPV Self-test Study – Frequently Asked Questions


All participants who complete an HPV Self-test will be given their results, regardless if they are negative or positive. As soon as the results are available, you will be contacted by mail or by phone.


  • Learn more about HPV and Cervical Cancer: Click here
  • Learn more about Pap testing for Cervical Cancer Screening: Click here


This study has received ethics clearance through the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Toronto. If you have any comments or concerns regarding this study, please contact the Ethics Review Office at the University of Toronto at (416) 946-3273 or ethics.review@utoronto.ca