Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), that is extremely common among sexually active adults in America. Despite how common it has become, knowledge of the virus is not well disseminated, partially due to the fact that many people who become infected by HPV will never show symptoms. What is known is that HPV is linked with several types of cancer, including cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva.
Fem•Collect™ was developed to improve research into this STI, cancers linked to HPV, and other diseases that may be detectable from DNA or vaginal fluids collected from the Cervico-Vaginal area. By streamlining the collection process, the Fem•Collect™ provides a cost effective method to gather minimally invasive samples and at the same time minimizes the stress and inconvenience for the patient.
The Fem•Collect™ device uses a very soft, highly absorbent pad that is strategically placed in the vaginal canal to harvest cells / DNA and vaginal fluid that may be used as a biological specimen for downstream testing for HPV and other STIs in the research environment.
The Fem•Collect™ has a number of advantages when it comes to collecting a Cervico-Vaginal specimen: