As HPV is usually symptomless, it is crucial you get tested regularly. If you are in stable relationship that should be at least once a year and if you have multiple sexual partners, get tested every three months or each time you change partner. Remember, you can be infected and still feel perfectly fine.
There are many ways to get tested for HPV and we recommend a method that is the most comfortable for you.
You can be tested:
- in the comfort of your own home with our easy-to-use self-collection test
- a sexual health clinic
- a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic
- your GP
- a contraception, young people's or well woman clinic
The routine cervical smear test for women checks for signs that high-risk HPV cells can alter cells in the cervix, which may then develop into cancer cells. All women aged 25-64 will be called for a smear test on the NHS and although it may be undignified and uncomfortable, it should not be ignored.
If you don't want to get tested by your GP or at a clinic, you can order an easy-to-use HPV test from our online sexual health shop. The test is simple - you just need to take a small swab sample of your warts. The sample will be examined for high-risk HPV strains, which can develop into cancer.
If you test at home, you will get your results in just 2 - 5 days after your sample reaches the laboratory.
The self-collection test is highly sensitive and specific. Its results are comparable to usual clinical tests, especially as it's still tested in the laboratory. Only the first step "the swab sample" is done by yourself at home. It's then sent to a laboratory just as it would be if you were tested at your GP or in a clinic. If you choose an HPV self-collection kit you increase your chance of being diagnosed correctly. Why?
- You can do it on your own, as long as you do it the right way. There is no rush like at the clinics where health care workers are overloaded with the number of patients.
- Your sample is sent to the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK - The Doctor's Laboratory. Laboratory testing is the most specific and sensitive, so it's the most precise way of doing a test.
- It doesn't matter if you take a test at your home or at the clinic as both of them are going to the same laboratories to be checked. The only difference is, if you order an HPV self-collection kit you have to wait just 24 hours to get the results whereas in a clinic you have to wait between 7 and 10 days.
Last updated August 27, 2018