Conduct Self-Sampling Anytime and Anywhere

  • Self-sampling screening is quick and straightforward

  • For the early detection of human papillomavirus (HPV)

How do I collect a sample?

For HPV self-sampling, simply follow the instructions for the collection of samples. Then place the sample into a sealed bag and post it using the pre-addressed envelope provided.

Self-Sampling Booklet

Sample Collection Procedure


Wash your hands before removing the kit from the package. Take out the test card from the package and place it on a clean surface. Find a comfortable position, such as lying down, knees bent and legs spread open or standing upright with one foot on a chair.


Hold the sampling swab by placing your finger tips at the dent located 3 cm from the brush. Gently spread your labia with your other hand, slowly insert the sampling swab into your vagina until you feel any resistance or reach the end of the vagina.


Once the swab reaches the end of the vagina, gently rotate the swab 3 to 5 times to collect samples. Then gently pull out the swab.


Take out the test card and smear the swab onto the test card, specifically the purple area in the centre. Try to cover the entire purple region. The sample collection is successful when there is a colour change. Let dry at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.


Fill in the form. Get the QR code from the blue test card package and stick it onto the upper right corner of the form.


Place the test card back into the package, seal well and place it into a return envelope together with the consent form. Post and return it within 24 hours after sample collection. Postage is not required.

Test Results

 A positive HPV test result: A follow-up appointment for colposcopy with a physician may be recommended if HPV 16 or 18 is tested positive.[1] A positive HPV test result only indicates the presence of HPV and does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. Most HPV infections are cleared by the immune system. However, HPV infection puts you at higher risk of developing cell changes, therefore, it is vital to conduct recurrent screenings to prevent the development of cervical cancer.

A negative HPV test result: Indicates no HPV virus has been detected in the cervical cells, but you should receive regular routine screening (every 3 years)[1] as per guidelines to prevent the development of cervical cancer.

If you have any queries, contact your physician to understand the test results and assess whether further examinations are required.


No content on this website should be construed as medical advice or recommendation of any kind. Consumers should always consult their physicians/healthcare professionals for medical advice.

[1] The Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening [Internet]. 2016. Available from: