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HPV self-testing improves coverage and effectiveness in cervical screening

PROHTECT (protection by offering HPV testing on cervicovaginal specimens trial) is a cohort study within the setting of the Dutch population based cervical screening programme to assess the feasibility and efficacy of offering cervicovaginal lavage self sampling for high risk HPV testing to women who do not attend the regular screening programme.

Among women who had not responded to a previous screening invitation, self sampling improved compliance and more than doubled the yield of CIN2+ compared with self sampling women who had been screened in the previous round.