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At-Home Collection Kit

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*Coming soon for Ontario residents*

The HPV kit is a quick and easy way to collect your vaginal sample from the comfort and privacy of your home

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Your health care provider will use a LifeLabs collection kit to take a cervical sample to send to us for testing

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hpv kit

Accessible, convenient and comfortable HPV testing

Testing for high-risk HPV types is an important step in detecting cervical cancer early. But many people aren’t able to get tested. Some may be too embarrassed or anxious, while others can’t access a health care provider.

HPV Kit by LifeLabs offers a quick, easy, and convenient way to collect your sample from the comfort and privacy of your home.


What is HPV? How is HPV linked to cervical cancer?

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, primarily spreads through sexual activity. It causes 95% of cervical cancer cases. The symptoms aren’t always obvious, so most people with HPV don’t even know they have it.

There are two types of HPV: high-risk and low-risk. Two of the high-risk HPV types (16 and 18) cause majority of the cervical cancers and pre-cancerous cervical cell changes. Infection from a high-risk HPV can cause cervical cancer if not found and treated.

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Why is HPV testing important?

Testing can tell you if you are infected with a high-risk HPV type.

Early detection can help your doctor determine a treatment plan to prevent or treat cervical cancer.

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Who should get tested for HPV?

HPV testing is available for anyone with a cervix who is age 25 years and over and sexually active. In certain cases, testing can begin at 21 years for individuals that are immunocompromised (for example, if they are HIV positive or have had an organ transplant).

Your health care provider may also decide to order an HPV test along with your Pap test or to assist with follow up on abnormal Pap results.

Even if you have received the HPV vaccination, it’s recommended to get tested.

To use the test, you must not be menstruating, pregnant, or have given birth in the last three months.

Note: HPV testing is currently not part of Ontario’s cervical screening program and does not replace the Pap test. You should follow the recommendations of your health care provider for your next test.

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