BD and Camtech Health Collaborate to Advance Cervical Cancer Screening in Singapore

BD and Camtech have formed a strategic partnership to advance cervical cancer screening by offering the first-ever option for women in Singapore to self-collect a sample in the privacy of their own home.

The program combines the Camtech Health HPV test for self-collection with the BD Onclarity™ HPV Assay, which is a clinically validated test that can simultaneously detect 14 high-risk HPV strains (or “genotypes”). The program objective is to improve the rate of cervical cancer screening in Singapore, where less than half of eligible women are currently being tested.

“For women in Singapore, lack of time, embarrassment, fear and inconvenience are among the key barriers to screening, and before now, Singapore only offered HPV testing via hospital or clinic settings with a speculum examination and a clinician collection,” stated Dr. Jeff Andrews, vice president of Global Medical Affairs at BD. “Cervical cancer is preventable, precancer is curable, and programs like this help to support the national goal of cervical cancer elimination. Not only does self-collection afford women greater access to HPV testing by enabling them to collect a sample in privacy at a time and place of their choosing, but they can also feel confident that the reliability of self-collected samples is comparable to those collected by a clinician.”

The Camtech Health HPV test with the Camtech Health app is completed in simple steps and then sent via postage-paid packaging provided in the kit. The sample is analyzed using the BD Onclarity™ HPV assay, and the BD Viper™ LT fully automated integrated molecular testing system, and physician-reviewed results are provided on the app with a virtual consultation to discuss any abnormalities,” said Kuok Meng-Han, Chairman of Camtech Health.

BD Onclarity™ is the only FDA-approved assay that tests for an extended set of HPV types individually, and particularly for HPV52 and HPV33/58, three HPV types that pose a high-risk for causing cervical cancer in Singapore. Most clinically validated tests report multiple HPV types in a single pooled result, which can mask the true risk of developing cervical cancer. Being able to identify the high-risk genotypes that are prevalent in cervical cancers in the country is critical to the detection and prevention of cervical cancer.

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