Human Papillomavirus home testing kits trialled in London

More than 31,000 women will be offered kits to carry out smear tests in the privacy and convenience of their own homes in a trial.

The swab tests will be posted or given out by a GP to increase take-up of screening for HPV. They will go to women aged 25-64 years who are 15 months overdue for a check and live in Barnet, Camden, Islington, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

It is the first time home smear tests have been trialled in England and is being rolled out through 166 GP practices. For more information contact your regional NHS England and Improvement Public Health Commissioning team.