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Guided HPV testing from the comfort of home
Testing regularly for HPV—even if you’re vaccinated—is an integral way for sexually active adults to prevent cervical cancer.
The HPV Test Kit
HPV can lead to cervical cancer, but it doesn’t have to.

At-home HPV testing can help catch HPV so you can take steps to prevent cervical cancer.

If your results are abnormal, we can set you up with tailored aftercare support with one of our trusted healthcare partners or you can download your results to bring to your own doctor -- both options are included at no extra cost with every test.

15.9 million

Canadian women are at risk of cervical cancer¹

95%

Of cervical cancer cases are due to HPV²

75%

Of sexually active men and women will get at least one HPV infection in their lifetime³

1,450

Canadian women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2022⁴
The HPV test kit is an innovative and convenient at home test that empowers women to test themselves when needed and protect themselves against cervical cancer.
Rona Ambrose
Former Federal Minister of Health

Reliable HPV testing on your terms is here
Unlike Pap smears, our HPV Collection Kit is designed for at home use and has over 90% accuracy⁵
Traditional
Switch Health
Health Canada authorized
Official requisition issued
Test from home

Results delivered after every test

Vaginal swab (instead of cervical)

Short wait to see healthcare provider

Discreet shipping

Switch Health

Health Canada authorized
Official requisition issued
Test from home
Results delivered after every test
Vaginal swab (instead of cervical)
Short wait to see healthcare provider
Discreet shipping

Traditional

Health Canada authorized
Official requisition issued
HEAR IT FROM REAL PEOPLE
What people are saying about HPV
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Dr. Gregory W. Taylor

Former Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Chief Medical Officer, Switch Health

We are creating a more accessible, patient-centric digital healthcare experience

“Our HPV Collection Kit will allow women to assess their own personal risk for cervical cancer in the privacy and comfort of home. This has the potential to not only increase the number of Canadian women getting tested, but also reduce the burden on our stretched health care systems.”

Most public screening programs in Canada test for abnormal cervical cells every three years. But cervical cancer can develop much quicker than that. Only six months before I was diagnosed, my pap smear result was normal. If you’re like me, and your body does not clear an HPV infection, you could develop cervical cancer. But routine screening combined with regular HPV testing will give women who are not able clear this virus a real chance to fight, and survive, cervical cancer.”
Liz Ellwood
Cervical Cancer Survivor
Most public screening programs in Canada test for abnormal cervical cells every three years. But cervical cancer can develop much quicker than that. Only six months before I was diagnosed, my pap smear result was normal. If you’re like me, and your body does not clear an HPV infection, you could develop cervical cancer. But routine screening combined with regular HPV testing will give women who are not able clear this virus a real chance to fight, and survive, cervical cancer.”
Liz Ellwood
Cervical Cancer Survivor
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Is this test authorized for use in Canada?
Why does this kit cost money when pap tests are free?
I am male – can I take this test?
Does the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) cover this?
Does my insurance provider cover this?
Will I have to notify partners if I receive a positive test result?
Can I share my results with my own family doctor?
Can I buy this test for someone else?
I live in a remote region; how can I get a kit?
After I order, how long does it take for me to receive my kit?
How long will it take me to get my results back?
What do I do if I complete my test on Friday but Purolator does not pick up until Monday?
What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and how is it spread?
What is being tested and why?
Do I need to be tested for HPV? Who should take this test?
Why is HPV testing important?
How is HPV testing different from a Pap test?
Why does a Pap test not detect HPV?
Will individuals who have been vaccinated still need to be tested for HPV?
Does HPV cause cancer?
Can I use this kit if I am Transgender?
Can I use this kit if I have had a hysterectomy or pelvic surgery?
When should I repeat the test?