1. Why should I get tested for HPV?

Genital HPV ​​(Human Papillomavirus​) is the​ most common sexually transmitted infection in the world, affecting up to 75% of women who have had an active sex life. More than 500,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year. More than 90% of these cases are directly linked to previous infection with high-risk HPV, ​​which causes malignant cell division and proliferation. In the early stages of cervical cancer, there are no specific signs of the disease; later, there may be a lot of white discharge, sometimes mixed with blood, bleeding in the middle of the menstrual cycle, contact bleeding during sexual intercourse and pain.

Cervical cancer risk analysis (HPV) is recommended for women who have not participated in a national HPV screening programme and/or want to test themselves quickly when they have a new partner.

It is recommended that women aged 30 and older repeat the high-risk HPV test every 5 years.

2. Is the HPV test as reliable as a sample taken by a gynaecologist?

Yes, the analysis procedure in SYNLAB is exactly the same as a sample taken by a gynaecologist.

3. When is the right time to test myself for HPV to obtain reliable results?

You can be tested for HPV at any time, based on your lifestyle and sexual activity. According to the guidelines approved by Estonian gynaecologists, you should get tested for HPV every 5 years.

The sample should not be taken:

  • during menstruation
  • after sexual intercourse (we advise giving the sample 2 days after the last sexual intercourse)
  • during pregnancy or three months after childbirth
  • collection of a sample should be avoided in a situation where a visit to a gynaecologist has taken place in the last 30 days and a vaginal or cervical sample was taken

4. How soon will I receive the results?

The results will reach the MINU.SYNLAB.EE Patient Portal within 5 working days after the sample arrives at the laboratory.

5. How to take a sample?

The guidelines for sampling are available ​​HERE.

6. How do I get the results?

The results will reach the MINU.SYNLAB.EE Patient Portal within 5 working days after the sample arrives at the laboratory.

7. If my test result is positive, what should I do?

If your test result is positive, it means that high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA has been found in your sample, which may indicate an increased risk of cervical cancer. We recommend that you see a gynaecologist as soon as possible (you will find a list of SYNLAB recommended gynaecologists in the analysis submenu).

8. Why should I test myself at home?

Cervical cancer risk analysis (HPV) is recommended for women who have not participated in a national HPV screening programme and/or want to test themselves quickly when they have a new partner.

It is recommended that women aged 30 and older repeat the high-risk HPV test every 5 years.

9. Is it possible to cancel an order if I have already received and paid for the sample collection kit?

Once you have received the sample collection kit and paid for the service, it is no longer possible to cancel the order.

10. How do I receive the sample collection kit?

If you ordered the test:

  1. a) from the Patient Portal

When ordering from the Patient Portal, you can choose whether you want to receive the sample collection kit from a SmartPOST parcel machine or pick it up at the SYNLAB lab. The sample collection kit ordered to a SmartPOST parcel machine includes a paid return envelope, which allows you to conveniently send the sample to SYNLAB. When the sample collection kit is picked up at the SYNLAB lab, it must be returned to the SYNLAB lab after taking the sample. Sending a sample via SmartPOST is not possible in this case.

  1. b) at a SYNLAB lab

When ordering on site, you will receive a sample collection kit at the same lab. After collecting the sample, it must be returned to the SYNLAB lab. Sending a sample via SmartPOST is not possible in this case.

11. How do I return a sample?

Bring your sample to SYNLAB if you received a sample collection kit from our lab. Send us a sample via a SmartPOST parcel machine if you received a sample collection kit from a SmartPOST parcel machine.

12. How quickly do I have to return the sample taken?

Please return the sample collection kit within 7 days.

13. How do I know when the test result is available?

When ordering, you can choose the type of notification (e-mail or SMS) that suits you.

14. Why can't I see my order when I have paid for the service?

There may be a technical problem. Please contact our customer service and outline your issue by email at ​​klienditugi@synlab.ee​ or by phone on 17123.

15. Why can't I see my results at MINU.SYNLAB.EE?

If you have not received the result within 7 days after returning the sample collection kit, please contact our customer service at klienditugi@synlab.ee or by phone on 17123.