During the coronavirus pandemic, the cervical screening program has not been conducted as usual at the region’s antenatal care centers (ACC, barnmorskemottagningar in Swedish). This has led to many women having to wait for their screening tests. At the beginning of June 2021, a self-sampling program for human papillomavirus (HPV) will be started up, in addition to the cervical screening program at the ACCs, which has been resumed.
The information on this page applies in the Västra Götaland Region:
The purpose of starting self-sampling for HPV is that more women can be screened for cervical cancer prevention during the ongoing pandemic. Self-sampling for HPV will be offered to some women whom it has not been possible to invite for cervical screening at the ACCs during 2020 and 2021.
Self-sampling is just as safe and effective as a test taken by a midwife.
If you have been invited for screening at an ACC, you should attend just as usual. If you have been invited to the ACC, you cannot order a self-sampling kit instead.
If, on the other hand, you have been offered self-sampling for HPV, you should order the test material kit and take the test yourself at home, according to the instructions in the letter.
The HPV test is taken in the vagina. You do not need to reach your cervix with the swab. The swab is then sent to the laboratory for HPV analysis. All the instructions you need are enclosed with the sampling kit.
If your HPV test is positive (which means that HPV has been detected), you will be offered an appointment with a midwife for a smear, in which both HPV and abnormal cells can be analyzed. The analysis will show whether you still have HPV. It will also reveal whether there are any cell abnormalities, in which case an appointment will be scheduled at a gynecology clinic for additional examination.