QUICK BRUSH

The first step in screening for prevention of cervical cancer

Quick Brush is a self-sampling HPV device that’s a reliable alternative to a pap smear. It is a simple, quick and discreet way to test for high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for approximately 90% of HPV-associated cervical cancers. 

What we’re about!

Empowering women

We believe women should have choice. Women should be able make choices about their health outcomes without any stigma or difficulties.

Science-based solutions

Self-sampling devices such as Quick Brush are backed by scientific and clinical research and have undergone thorough verification and testing. 

Education

Our goal is to reduce the barriers that prevent women from screening for HPV by offering alternative means to testing that can improve screening rates. 

Take charge & stay safe

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is transmitted through sexual contact and is responsible for the majority of cervical cancer diagnosed in women. It's estimated that 1 in 2 will contract the virus during their lifetime. Like most STDs, HPV is mostly symptomless and requires a test to detect the virus.

How is HPV transmitted?

The HPV infection is spread through sexual contact - primarily vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse. It is possible, though less likely, for the virus to be transmitted through sharing sex toys or non-penetrative interaction, such as body rubbing.

What are the symptoms of HPV?

Certain types of HPV cause genital warts and other lesions, but the virus usually causes no symptoms. That is why regular examinations and cervical screen tests are so important. Quick Brush does not test for the strains that cause genital warts.

How is HPV infection treated?

There is no cure or treatment for HPV. It will, in the majority of cases, be cleared by your immune system. Most cases of HPV infection are cleared by the body in one to two years, however some strains of HPV may lead to cervical cancer. That's why regular examinations and cervical screening tests are so important.

What is the link between HPV and cervical cancer?

HPV can cause changes to the cells of a woman’s cervix and in rare cases, lead to cervical cancer. 

HPV types 16 and 18 are most commonly linked to cervical cancer. About 80% of cases of cervical cancer have been shown to be caused by these types of HPV.

The biggest risk factor for cervical cancer is not having regular cervical screening, which is a quick and simple test that checks the health of the cervix.

How can HPV be prevented?

Unlike other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HPV only requires skin-to-skin contact; neither sexual intercourse nor the exchange of bodily fluid is needed. 

Since the HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV known to cause cervical cancer,  it's recommended that HPV vaccinated women have regular cervical screening.

Removing barriers to

healthcare

Many Australian women who would benefit from HPV testing are not engaging with existing services, either due to availability in their area or due to constraints in time, costs involved, or perception about how the procedure is carried out.

Not everyone has time to wait around to see a Doctor. For some Australian women, a Doctor is a convenience that's located hundreds of kilometres away.

Quick Brush is a self-sampling test for women that makes it easy for all women, regardless of circumstance to screen for HPV quickly and discreetly, so they can stay safe and in control of their own health outcomes.

 

 

Quick Brush video

Self-sampling helps detect cancer-causing infections sooner than pap smear testing programs

Quick Brush is a self–sampling intra-vaginal device that allows the collection of cervicovaginal fluid as an alternative to pap smear. It is a simple, quick and discreet manner of collecting samples to test for the presence of HPV.

The easy to use device is designed to be inserted in the same way as a sanitary tampon. The sample is then sent to the pathology laboratory by the healthcare professional or women’s health clinic.