Frequently asked questions

The UDoHPVTest™ is a vaginal swab based test and it is made to be done easily by you. Please view our How-To video. Before you do your test, registration online is essential. No UDoTest will be analysed without having been registered. The UDoHPVTest is a simple swab brush which is performed easily in standing position, there is no need whatsoever to lie down in order to do our test. Once the lid of the brush has been removed,it must be inserted into the vaginal canal as far as the ridge allows (approximately 3cm). Once inserted, press the bottom handle of the brush so that the brush bristles extract and are touching the vaginal walls. Turn the brush 5 times whilst inside so that the bristles collect enough vaginal wall cells needed. Remove the brush and pull the bottom handle so that the bristles retract back into their original position and so that the specimen is safely contained inside the brush itself. Place the brush back into it packaging and into your uniquely barcoded bag.

The UDoHPVTest™ gives ladies a more accurate reading for presence of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) than a traditional Pap smear. HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer.

A traditional Pap smear done by a gynaecologist involves a speculum to open the vaginal canal for the collection of cells. If requested, a pelvic examination can be done at the same time.

The cells are then analysed by a clinical pathologist in what is known as a cytologic evaluation.

UDoTest's HPV test is self-collected and does not involve the use of a speculum. An effective cervical cancer screening alternative, this type of test offers 85 to 95 percent accuracy in detecting the high strains of HPV.

For further information on this topic, take a look at our blog.

The UDoHPVTest™ detects the high-risk strains of Human papillomavirus (HPV). These strains are more accurately detected in more mature women.

Please do not collect a sample if you are pregnant or during your period. If you are on your period, please wait until you have stopped bleeding for at least one day.

If you are pregnant, you should not collect a sample.

A recent study published in The Lancet journal states that the "self collected samples for Human papillomavirus (HPV) is more effective than a conventional smear testing for detection of cervical pre-cancer or cancer". The UDoHPVTest offers 85 to 95 percent accuracy in detecting the high strains of HPV.

Our test is the FDA approved test which screens for ALL the high strains of HPV - including warts and cervical cancer causing ones. It's is extremely accurate and will benefit women tremendously.

No. We encourage regular woman's health screening if you are concerned about anything else.

Yes, our test screens for all the high risk strains of HPV including the ones which cause genital warts.

An instruction leaflet, a uniquely bar-coded clear bag, a discreet bag, the Evalyn sampling brush and a UDoTest lab form.

This depends on which medical aid and scheme you are on. Please contact us to enquire on your behalf.

Yes it is. In March 2014, the FDA has officially endorsed the Human papillomavirus (HPV) test for primary screening of cervical cancer. International data also proves the comparable accuracy of self-collected Human papillomavirus (HPV) specimens.

UDoTest™ specialise in self-collection testing and we stand behind the medical data we have generated for our customers. Our lab partners adhere to strict quality standards; the same standards used in the majority of other health and disease-related tests.

You can purchase our test kits online, through our partner pharmacies or even at selected doctors rooms.

Yes, they can. We are helping people all over the USA. However, the online price excludes return shipping to our lab in South Africa. We can help you with a quote for this when your test is complete.

Yes! The sooner the better, however we are able to still analyse your specimen weeks later.

Yes you definitely can. You will have access to download your lab report and take it to your doctor.

Depending on your age, it is a very wise thing to get yourself screened before vaccinating because it would better your protection with the vaccine; knowing that you may be clear of any of the HPV strains.

Your sample will be tested in leading accredited pathology labs in South Africa or the UK.

Yes definitely. We have 6 – 8 free counselling sessions available to everybody who gets tested with us. We also have referring doctors who can help you too. Do not hesitate to contact us, we are here for you every step of the way.

If your sample tested negative for high-risk strains of Human papillomavirus (HPV) or, there was no abnormality detected within your specimen, then this indicates very little or no risk for cervical cancer for the next 2 to 5 years, depending on your age and other risk factors.

If we detected an abnormality in your UDoHPVTest™, this indicates an elevated risk for cervical cancer, but it does not mean that you have cancer. Only the persistent detection of certain high-risk strains of Human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to cervical cancer over a period of time. This period can depend on your number of sexual encounters, the stage of infection detected, your age, as well as other possible infections.

UDoTest™ will refer you to a specialist doctor, who should conduct a thorough examination on you and assist you with suitable treatment if need be.

The Human papillomavirus or HPV for short, is a group of very common viruses. Cervical cancer is caused by certain strains of HPV. Most Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, whether high- or low-risk, are transient and asymptomatic, and resolve within 6-18 months. It is only persistent high-risk HPV infections which can develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.

Our blog has some good reading on HPV and cervical cancer.

Of the over 100 Human papillomavirus (HPV) types, many are transmitted through personal, non-sexual contact and about 40 types are sexually transmitted. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus which infects the skin and moist linings of the body (mucosa). At some point in our lives most of us will catch the HPV virus. Genital Human papillomavirus (HPV) could be contracted by any type of sexual contact (genital-to-genital, anal or oral) or intimate skin-to-skin contact in the genital area, between heterosexual and/or same-sex partners. Basically, anyone who has ever been sexually active is at risk of contracting Human papillomavirus (HPV). Hence, the Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection does not imply either infidelity or promiscuity. Rarely, a pregnant woman with genital Human papillomavirus (HPV) could pass Human papillomavirus (HPV) to her baby during delivery.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in most cases does not have any symptoms. If the HPV infection develops into cervical cancer, some symptoms may manifest themselves. See some of them here signs of cervical cancer.

Eight out of ten women are estimated to get Human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. It is a very prevalent infection which is most cases may not actually cause any harm. Because there are so many different strains of HPV (both low and high risk), most women will recover from infection with no consequences.

However, 1 out of 10 women are unable to get rid of the virus. This results in damage to the cells on the neck of the womb (cervix). If this damage continues, it will result in abnormal cells. If these abnormal (precancerous) cells are left untreated, over several years, they may develop into a cancer.

Early detection and treatment of HPV can prevent cervical cancer before it has a chance to develop.

Cervical screening is the search for cervical disease in women (who typically do not have any symptoms.) The primary aim of cervical screening is the prevention of cervical cancer by detecting the condition at the pre-cancerous stage. It is not a test for cancer.

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV). About 50% of vulval cancers and 65% of vaginal cancers are linked to Human papillomavirus (HPV). Over 9 out of 10 anal cancers are associated with HPV. More than half of oropharyngeal cancers (cancers that occur in the back of the throat, including base of the tongue and tonsils) are linked to HPV too.

Cancer typeAssociation approximatelyNumber of women diagnosed each year in USA
Cervix100%12 000
Vulvar50%1 500
Anal95%2 700
Oropharynx60%1 500

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.

It is the world fourth deadliest cancer, and South Africas most deadliest. According to the South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (January 2013 issue), 10 women in South Africa die of cervical cancer daily. The World Health Organization projects that this number will increase to about 12 deaths per day in 2025.

If your sample tested negative for high-risk strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), or there was no abnormality detected within your specimen, then this indicates very little or no risk for cervical cancer for the next 6 months to 2 years, depending on your age and other risk factors.

If we detected an abnormality in your UDoHPVTest™, this indicates an elevated risk for cervical cancer, but it does not mean that you have cancer. Only the persistent detection of certain high-risk strains of Human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to cervical cancer over a period of time. This period can depend on your number of sexual encounters, the stage of infection detected, your age, as well as other possible infections.

UDoTest™ will refer you to a specialist, who should conduct a thorough examination on you and assist you with suitable treatment if need be.

The UDoSTDTest is a simple urine based test. Before you do your test, please register your kit online at No UDoTest will be analysed without having been registered. One can simply urinate into a clean cup, use our pipette and test tubes to collect approximately 2ml of urine for lab analysis. Please seal the test tube tightly, ready for collection.

The UDoSTDTest™ detects indications of two of the most prevalent STDs namely chlamydia and gonorrhoea in both men and women using a small sample of urine. Our Full Panel UDoSTDTest™ tests for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma genitalium, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Ureaplasma parvum, Trichomonas vaginalis, Herpes Simplex 1, Herpes Simplex 2.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI) that affects both men and women. Young people with multiple sex partners, infrequent use of condoms, or a history of prior STD infections, have an increased risk of chlamydia infection.

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted through oral, anal, or vaginal sex with an infected partner. If the vagina, cervix, anus, penis or mouth comes in contact with infected secretions or fluids, then transmission is possible. Latex condoms are recommended to help reduce the likelihood of transmission and are most effective if they are used from the very beginning of any contact until the very end.

The symptoms of STDs vary according to the type of infection, but they can commonly include:

Asymptomatic (some STDs have no symptoms at all)

Discharge from the penis or vagina

Itching around the genitalia

Pain experienced during sexual intercourse or while urinating. The pain may be of a stabbing or burning nature or a dull pain in the pelvic area.

Chancre sores that are typically painless, red sores present around the genital area, anus, mouth, tongue or throat.

Pain in and around the anus. Similarly, there may be sores and pain in those practicing oral sex with an infected person.

There may be blisters around the genital area that turn into scabs.

There may also be soft, flesh colour-warts around the genital area.

General symptoms include fever, weakness, body and muscle aches and swollen nymph nodes.

Yes. When positive for curable STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhoea or trichomoniasis, it's critical that all partners get tested and are treated properly to avoid reinfection.

Be sure to abstain from sex for 10 days after taking antibiotics to allow the medication to work properly. After completing treatment, a confirmation STD test can determine whether the infection has been cured.

The US guidelines state that screening should take place twice a year for STDs however more frequently should you be sexually active.

Your urine sample needs to get to the lab within 24 to 48 hours.

If your sample tested negative or, there was no abnormality detected within your specimen, then this indicates very little or no risk for Chlamydia and gonorreah.

Common practice suggests that you could get tested 2 to 3 weeks after an exposure – or sooner if you have symptoms – however you would need to be retested again at least three to six months out in order to feel more certain of your results.

If we detected an abnormality in your UDoSTDTest™, this indicates an elevated risk for infection and it means that you need to see your doctor for treatment. We recommend that you print out your UDoTest™ laboratory results on your profile, and your take it to your doctor who can give you the right antibiotics for your age and demographic.

Yes, remove any deodorizers / fresheners / cleaners from the toilet bowl and flush the toilet twice prior to performing the test.  These may decrease the sensitivity of the test.

No.  You do not need to change your diet in any way before using the UDoColonTest.

No. The UDoColonTest makes use of long-handled blue brush, allowing you to perform the screening test with no fecal handling or smearing. After each bowel movement, use a brush to gently brush the surface of the stool in water for about 5 seconds, and then dab it onto the test card.  We call this the Blue Brush Method!

Because colorectal conditions may not bleed all the time, and because blood may not be uniformly distributed in the stool.  The UDoColonTest requires a sample from each of two separate bowel movements.

No. Colorectal lesions, including some polyps and colorectal cancers, may bleed intermittently or not at all.  By sampling from more than one bowel movement, the likelihood of detecting bleeding is increased. 

There is no particular amount of time necessary, as long as the samples are from two distinct bowel movements.  You should remember that the test must be processed within 14 days of collection of the first sample, so ensure that there is no significant delay between the first and second samples.

You can store the test card in your bathroom, out of direct sunlight and away from heat.  It is recommended that the test card be stored at room temperature.

No. UDoColonTest has been designed for collecting a sample of water surrounding the stool.

No. If you see blood in the toilet bowl, you should immediately consult your physician.

No. Because the UDoColonTest detects blood in and around the stool, active bleeding from hemorrhoids could provide a false positive result.

No. You should not perform the test three days before, during, or three days after your menstrual period.  Because the UDoColonTest screening detects blood in and around the stool, active bleeding from menstruation could provide a false positive result.

You can perform the test if someone else in the house is menstruating, provided that you flush the toilet twice before beginning your sample collection process.

Gluten often refers to storage proteins found in all grains. These storage proteins are beneficial in food production, adding flavour, texture or thickening. Gluten found in wheat, rye, barley and hybrids of these grains have a similar in amino acid structure known to cause problems for persons with gluten-related disorders.

 Gluten can cause health problems for persons with gluten-related disorders, such as celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and other forms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Gluten causes small intestinal damage for persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, leading to mal-absorption, malnutrition, and associated health conditions.

Gluten-related disorders (commonly called gluten intolerances) are both autoimmune (genetic) and innate immune responses (present at birth). Autoimmune gluten disorders include celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Autoimmune conditions must be triggered to become active. Once activated autoimmune conditions do not go away. Persons with these conditions will suffer tissue damage in the intestine or skin when eating gluten. They may suffer a number of symptoms and related health issues as a result. Gluten sensitivity (also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity) is an innate immune response, similar in reaction to lactose intolerance. Although this type of reaction does not cause damage to the intestine or skin, it may cause inflammation and other health-related problems. Avoiding gluten is the only way for persons with gluten-related disorders to maintain good health.

Celiac disease, found in some genetically predisposed individuals, is an autoimmune disorder where ingested gluten activates the immune system and results in damage to the small intestine.

You can buy the UDoGlutenTest online or in selected Dis-Chem stores, do the test and the return the sample to us for accurate genetic-based results. Blood tests are also available for the screening of celiac disease but a positive small bowel biopsy is required to confirm the diagnosis of celiac disease. Skin biopsies are used to diagnose dermatitis herpetiformis.

Yes, the UDoGlutenTest is a genetic-based test. Genetic testing for celiac disease, like having a family history of celiac disease, can be used to determine who is at risk for developing the disease.

Gluten must be ingested for it to be cause for concern for someone with celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis.

No. There are other possible causes for improvement on a gluten-free diet. Always refer to a medical professional when making a clinical diagnosis.

No. Even if symptoms don’t appear, the ingestion of gluten still damages the intestines and also increases your risk for various complications like cancers and osteoporosis.

There is no confirmed single trigger of celiac disease. It is thought that celiac disease requires three things: genetic predisposition, an over-responsive immune system, and individual environment. Environmental triggers include gluten itself, as well as other things such as length of breast-feeding and traumatic/stressful events. How strongly these environmental triggers relate to celiac disease is still being researched.

UK orders: Please post your specimen to our UK lab, TDL Pathology.

South African orders: please log your collection request with us.

US and all other international orders: we are in the process of signing up with additional laboratories world-wide. For now, please contact us to arrange a collection with our preferred courier who can offer you a good rate. This will be an additional cost.

1) For our US customers, is shipping back to our lab in South Africa included in the price? Please note that shipping of your completed test back to South Africa is not included. We will help you with a quote from our couriers when your test is completed. Please log your collection here.

2) Do you recommend UPS for international shipping? Or FEDEX? We recommend using FEDEX or DHL for door-to-door delivery so that we can receive your sample as soon as possible.

The sooner your sample is sent to our labs, the better. Our UDoHPVTest™ is more stable when transporting because it is a dry swab specimen. However, please notify us should you have any problems.

Within 14 working days from when the laboratory receives it. However we will email you every step of the way. You will never be left in the dark.

We will email you when your results are available on your secure UDoTest™ profile. This will only happen once our laboratory and a doctor has reviewed them.

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