The careHPV Collection Medium is for use with a careBrush for the collection of specimens that will be tested with the careHPV Test.
Cervical specimens may be collected by physicians or trained medical professionals. If a Pap smear specimen is to be collected, collect the Pap smear specimen before obtaining the specimen for the careHPV Test. Do not use the careBrush for Pap collection (see figure careBrush). If a colposcopy will be performed, collect the careHPV Test cervical specimen prior to application of acetic acid or iodine. Gently insert the careBrush 1–1.5 cm into the cervical os until the largest outer bristles of the careBrush touch the ectocervix. Rotate the careBrush 3 full turns in a counter-clockwise direction. Carefully remove the careBrush and insert the careBrush to the bottom of the careHPV Collection Medium tube (see figure careHPV Collection Medium). Cervical specimens collected with a careBrush and placed in careHPV Collection Medium tubes may be shipped and stored at room temperature (15–30°C) for 14 days or at 2–8°C for 30 days.
Vaginal specimens may be self collected under the guidance of a medical professional. Insert the careBrush into the vagina until resistance is encountered. Hold the brush in place and count from 1 to 10. Rotate the brush in a circle 5 times then remove the careBrush. Put the careBrush in to a careHPV Collection Medium tube. A patient should immediately give self-collected specimens to a medical professional. If the self-collected specimen is not given immediately to a medical professional, specimens collected with a careBrush and placed in careHPV Collection Medium tubes may be shipped and stored at room temperature (15–30°C) for 14 days or at 2–8°C for 30 days after collection.