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Self-collected Swabs for HPV Testing in 18-24 Year Old Women

18 Years
24 Years
Not Enrolling
Papillomavirus Infections

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Trial Information

Self-collected Swabs for HPV Testing in 18-24 Year Old Women

We propose a cross-sectional study among 150 women in the United States who have used
Internet dating sites in the past year in order to examine risk factors for high-risk HPV
infections in 18-24 year old online daters, and evaluate strategies for transporting and
storing self-collected samples for HPV testing. We will ask participants to complete a
written questionnaire on their health, sexual behavior, and attitudes toward self-collecting
vaginal swabs, HPV vaccination, and cervical cancer screening. Also, we will ask the women
to self-collect two sequential vaginal swab samples that will be transported and stored
according to the two strategies described above. Each sample will be tested for
type-specific HPV DNA using a PCR-based assay.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Have had sex with men

- Have used the internet to search for romantic partners in the past year (e.g. posted
or responded to an ad on an internet dating website or social networking website)

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnant or breastfeeding

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional

Outcome Measure:

Presence of type-specific HPV DNA in self-collected vaginal swab samples

Outcome Time Frame:


Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Rachel L Winer, PhD, MPH

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Washington


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

April 2010

Completion Date:

January 2011

Related Keywords:

  • Papillomavirus Infections
  • Papillomavirus Infections



University of Washington Seattle, Washington  98195