I’ve reached the age in my country (England) to be called up for my first cervical smear test, however I have severe anxiety/phobic issues relating to gynocology exams, and it doesn’t help that in high-anxiety situations I go non-verbal.
A couple of years ago I found online a test which (I remember) allowed people to collect a sample of cells and send them off for analysis, but when I need to use it — surprise, surprise — it’s disappeared (it now seems to have been replaced on the site by the HPV vaccine, which informs me that it would be pretty much useless for me). The closest I can find is the Tampap test which analyses whether you have HPV, not whether you have abnormal or pre-cancerous cells. The statistics all sound well and good, but it still leads to the possibility of a positive result and still having to work around my anxiety.
So, my questions are two-fold:
1) Has anyone used this test previously (I am aware it’s only been available for about six months)? What kind of follow-up instructions were given.
2) Does anyone have any knowledge on where I could get access to a home smear test in the UK (I’m not concerned about the cost unless it runs in to the hundreds of pounds) or when the home test may be available?