When Jessica Ching (Next Founders, 2016) was a student at OCAD, she remembers having a conversation with girlfriends about going to get pap tests – or why many them had not. Even though Canadian health guidelines recommend women between the ages of 25 and 69 (or earlier if you’re sexually active) receive a cervical exam by a medical doctor every three years, some of Ching’s friends had been actively been voiding the test.
“They just decided not to do anything about it because it was uncomfortable,” she recalls.
That’s when Ching got the idea to develop a self-collection device that would allow people with vaginas to screen for HPV at home. HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in North America. Some strains appear as genital warts, but others can develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.Read More