HPV testing kits are not smear tests2 March 2021What was claimed A new trial would allow over 31,000 women to perform their own smear tests. What he was actually describing are home HPV testing kits. The NHS press release he shared alongside the tweet also made the same error by describing these as “smear tests”. HPV testing kits and smear tests are not the same thing. If people think that the HPV swabs are smear tests, they may not understand the importance of attending for a smear if they are asked to.