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The Daye STI Screening Box

Daye HPV Screen

Detect 14 high-risk HPV infections with our non-invasive at-home tampon screening kit.

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Pain-free, at-home screen
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Results within 5, maximum 10 days
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Personalized aftercare

All you have to do is insert the Daye Diagnostic Tampon into your vagina, wear it for 20 minutes, and remove! You don’t need to be on your period, which means you can be menopausal, pregnant or on long term contraception. Post us your sample, and we'll take it from there.

We'll test your sample using cutting edge molecular PCR testing (the most accurate way to detect vaginal infections) and as soon as your results are ready we'll send you a detailed report, including your results and summaries of the latest medical research. From here, you can access treatments and book whichever after-care option suits you best.

Once your Daye Diagnostic Tampon sample arrives at our state-of-the-art laboratory, our team of experts will process it. You can expect your personalized results report to be available online within just 5-10 days. We'll send you an email notification as soon as your results are ready to view securely in your private Daye account dashboard. With Daye, you can trust that your HPV screening results will be delivered quickly, accurately, and discreetly.

The vaginal microbiome comprises a group of microbes residing in the vagina, including Lactobacilli, the beneficial bacteria that protect against HPV infections. Lactobacilli produce compounds that combat harmful bacteria, reducing infections and assisting in the natural elimination of HPV. Conversely, an imbalance with harmful bacteria (such as bacterial vaginosis or BV) can facilitate HPV persistence. Maintaining a healthy equilibrium of the vaginal microbiome enhances the body's capacity to naturally eliminate the HPV virus.

Daye uses tampons for at-home screening because they provide a non-invasive, familiar, and comfortable method for patients to collect comprehensive samples from their entire vaginal canals. Studies published in the Journal of Human Reproduction and BMC Women's Health have shown that Daye tampons offer improved sensitivity for detecting infections compared to the traditional swab. By using a tampon for at-home screening, you can trust the sample you have collected is reliable.

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Who is this service for?

If you had HPV in the past

Track if your HPV infection persists to help prevent the development of cervical cancer.

We suggest screening once every year to monitor your health.

If your busy lifestyle gets in the way

At-home testing for HPV with a tampon is a convenient, easy way to stay on top of your gynae health.

We suggest a one-off screen to identify all treatable issue

If you find in-clinic exams invasive

The Diagnostic Tampon is designed to be a discreet and non-invasive way to detect HPV from the comfort of your safe space.

We suggest 1-2 screens per year, and anytime you have symptoms.
Why should I get screened?

High-risk HPV infections are associated with cervical cancer


A balanced vaginal microbiome helps clear HPV infections


Check for microbes that can help make HPV infections persistent


HPV plays a role in fertility & oral cancer


The Human Papillomavirus (HPV), mainly transmitted through sexual contact, causes nearly all cervical cancer cases. Studies suggest around 80% of people will contract HPV at some stage in life, often without symptoms.

Which pathogens do we test for?

With cutting-edge PCR technology for unparalleled accuracy, Daye tampons collect more vaginal fluid than a standard swab and cover the whole vaginal canal.

HPV screening

Detects the presence of high risk human papillomavirus strains.

*Only available with the HPV Screen


Good bacteria in your vaginal microbiome.

Anaerobic bacteria

Cause infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV).


Candida is a fungus which affects 75% of women.

Mycoplasma/ Ureaplasma

According to studies, can affect fertility.


A very common STI caused by a bacterial infection.

*Only available with the STI Screen


An STI that can affect both men and women.

*Only available with the STI Screen


One of the most common STIs worldwide.

*Only available with the STI Screen

Coming soon

Herpes Type I & II

Can potentially infect another person.

*Only available with the STI Screen

How does the screen work?

What is included with every screening?


Order your test & get a kit delivered to your door

The kit will arrive at your doorstep in a discreet package. No more awkward queuing in clinic waiting rooms.

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Collect and send off your sample to our accredited lab

Activate your kit with your unique code, complete a short symptom questionnaire, and send your sample - we'll handle the rest.

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Get detailed, actionable results.

We never want to leave you stuck with a set of confusing or potentially troubling results. If you test positive for an STI, one of our sexual health nurses will provide a free consultation.


Connect with vetted specialists, & get prescription treatments to your doorstep.

After the screening, you can set up virtual consultations with our vetted sexual health, fertility, and menopause experts. You can also get treatments discreetly delivered to your door.

Mobile consultations

Discover simple changes you can implement to take control of your health

Every report includes science-backed, personalised insights into lifestyle changes you can adopt to further enhance your health.

Mobile lifestyle hacks

Be your own health hero

Got a recurring infection?

Mainstream treatments for BV and thrush can put us at a higher risk of recurrent infections.

Learn more

Own your fertility journey.

A healthy microbiome is vital for successful fertilisation, implantation, and embryo development.

Learn more

Worried about STIs?

As many as 70% of female STIs are asymptomatic, making proactive screening essential.

Learn more

Choose a screen that works for you

HPV + Microbiome + STI Screen


What we test for:



12 other high-risk HPV types


Common BV related bacteria


Mycoplasma hominis





Mycoplasma genitalium

HPV + Microbiome Screen


What we test for:



Other high-risk HPV types


Common BV related bacteria


Mycoplasma hominis


HPV Screen

What we test for:



Other high-risk HPV types

See our Founder’s results!

Wondering what we test for, and what results look like? Enter your email below and Valentina, our Founder, will send you her screening report.

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Frequently asked questions

Still have questions? Read all of our FAQs.

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a very common virus that can spread through sexual contact. There are over 100 different strains of HPV, with some considered "high-risk" for causing cancers like cervical cancer if left undetected and untreated.

Testing for high-risk HPV strains is important because the virus often doesn't cause symptoms initially. However, persistent HPV infection can lead to precancerous cervical lesions that may develop into cervical cancer over time if not monitored and treated appropriately.

Regular HPV screening allows for early detection of high-risk strains before pre-cancerous changes occur. This allows for proactive treatment and close monitoring to prevent cervical cancer from developing. HPV testing helps catch potential issues early when they are most treatable and manageable.

The tampon offers a non-invasive, familiar method of obtaining a testing sample that makes the screening experience at home more comfortable and accessible. Further, tampons collect a comprehensive sample from the entirety of the vaginal canal, allowing for greater accuracy compared to traditional methods like swabs. The applicator enables smooth insertion in the vagina, and it also prevents the tampon from being contaminated during insertion.

Using the kit at home is super easy — you just need to insert the provided tampon, wear it for at least 20 minutes (and up to 8 hours), and then put it in the pouches you have received in the kit, and ship it back to us in the same box you received initially. We’ve prepared detailed video instructions which you’ll see after completing the test activation questionnaire in your account.

After your sample reaches our lab, it will be analyzed within 5–10 days. You will receive an email notification when your results are ready for review, or if there was an issue with your sample.

If your HPV screening results are negative for high-risk HPV strains, no further action is typically needed beyond continued routine screening and maintaining a healthy vaginal microbiome as a first line of defence against future infections. Through your Daye account, you will be able to connect with vetted expert nurses to discuss your results and next steps.

If your results show the presence of high-risk HPV, don't worry - this does not mean you have cancer. However, it does indicate a need for further evaluation and monitoring. You will find information about the recommended further testing and monitoring in your report.

Daye's HPV screen uses gold-standard PCR tests that detect high-risk HPV strains with 92.8% sensitivity and 100% specificity. We partners with UKAS- accredited labs that test samples to the highest industry standards. The Daye diagnostic tampon allows for convenient collection of a comprehensive sample from the entirety of the vaginal canal, with a significantly lower chance of user error compared to traditional methods.

If you experience any discomfort, unusual symptoms, or adverse reactions while using the tampon for vaginal diagnostics, we recommend removing it immediately and consulting with your healthcare provider. Your health and safety are our utmost priority, and it is essential to address any concerns promptly.

We recommend avoiding the use of the tampon for vaginal diagnostics for a period of six weeks following vaginal birth. This allows ample time for the body to heal and reduces the risk of potential complications. Please consult with your healthcare provider for guidance specific to your individual situation.

In order to take a sample at least 5 days must have passed since your last period ended. There are a few other requirements: no antibiotics or antifungals in the last 30 days, no douching, penetrative vaginal sex, and vaginally applied meds or creams in the 24 hours before. That will ensure your microbiome is in a stable state and that your results are not inconclusive.

In addition to the mail.artum period, we advise against using the tampon for vaginal diagnostics if you have any open wounds, sores, or other vaginal irritations. It is essential to prioritize your comfort and well-being, and if you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider.

Yes, we take your privacy seriously. Your personal information and test results are kept confidential. We follow strict privacy and data protection protocols to ensure your information remains secure.

No, it's best to avoid using the HPV screening tampon during your menstrual period. You can use the tampon at other times during your cycle when you are not menstruating.

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Relevant Research

The vaginal microbiota associates with the regression of untreated cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2 lesions

2020 • Anita Mitra, David A MacIntyre, George Ntritsos, Ann Smith, Konstantinos K Tsilidis, Julian R Marchesi, Phillip R Bennett, Anna-Barbara Moscicki, Maria Kyrgiou

Emerging evidence suggests associations between the vaginal microbiota (VMB) composition, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN); however, causal inference remains uncertain. Here, we use bacterial DNA sequencing from serially collected vaginal samples from a cohort of 87 adolescent and young women aged 16-26 years with histologically confirmed, untreated CIN2 lesions to determine whether VMB composition affects rates of regression over 24 months. We show that women with a Lactobacillus-dominant microbiome at baseline are more likely to have regressive disease at 12 months. Lactobacillus spp. depletion and presence of specific anaerobic taxa including Megasphaera, Prevotella timonensis and Gardnerella vaginalis are associated with CIN2 persistence and slower regression. These findings suggest that VMB composition may be a future useful biomarker in predicting disease outcome and tailoring surveillance, whilst it may offer rational targets for the development of new prevention and treatment strategies.

The vaginal microbiome: A complex milieu affecting risk of human papillomavirus persistence and cervical cancer

2022 • Stephanie Alimena, Joshua Davis, Raina N. Fichorova, Sarah Feldman

The purpose of this review is to describe the existing literature regarding the relationship between the vaginal microbiome, human papillomavirus persistence, and cervical cancer risk, as well as to discuss factors that mediate these relationships. Data suggest that alterations in the vaginal microbiome affect the risk of human papillomavirus infection and persistence, which has downstream effects on cervical dysplasia and cancer risk.

Role of Immunity and Vaginal Microbiome in Clearance and Persistence of Human Papillomavirus Infection

2022 • Lungelo Ntuli, Andile Mtshali, Gugulethu Mzobe, Lenine JP Liebenberg, Sinaye Ngcapu

Recently, diverse vaginal microbiome (associated with bacterial vaginosis) and genital inflammation have emerged as potential drivers of high-risk HPV positivity and disease severity in women. The potential role of these risk factors on HPV recurrence and persistence remains unclear. This article reviews the role of cellular or cytokine response and vaginal microbiome dysbiosis in the clearance, persistence, and recurrence of HPV infection.

Long-term Absolute Risk of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia Grade 3 or Worse Following Human Papillomavirus Infection: Role of Persistence

2010 • Susanne K. Kjær, Kirsten Frederiksen, Christian Munk, Thomas Iftner

HPV16, HPV18, HPV31, and HPV33 infection and especially HPV16 persistence were associated with high absolute risks for progression to high-grade cervical lesions. The results indicate the potential value of genotyping in cervical cancer screening. Given that HPV DNA–negative women retained their low risk of CIN3 or worse for many years, frequent screening of these women may be unnecessary.

Oral cancer risk in relation to sexual history and evidence of human papillomavirus infection

1998 • S M Schwartz, J R Daling, D R Doody, G C Wipf, J J Carter, M M Madeleine, E J Mao, E D Fitzgibbons, S Huang, A M Beckmann, J K McDougall, D A Galloway

Experimental models and analyzes of human tumors suggest that oncogenic, sexually transmittable human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are etiologic factors in the development of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). We conducted a population-based, case-control study to determine whether the risk of this cancer is related to HPV infection and sexual history factors. HPV type 16 infection may contribute to the development of a small proportion of oral SCCs in this population, most likely in combination with cigarette smoking.

Efficacy and Acceptability of Self-Collected Medical Grade Tampon as a Novel Vaginal Sample Collection Tool for the Detection of HPV and STIs

2024 • Valentina Milanova, Iva Lazarova, Kalina Mihaylova, Michelle Gomes, Teodora Georgieva, Jan Multmeier

Self-collected tampons demonstrated promising diagnostic accuracy to HCW-collected swabs for HPV and STI detection. The tampon self-collection method was well-accepted and preferred by participants, suggesting its potential as an alternative screening tool, particularly in low-resource settings. Further research with larger and more diverse populations is recommended to validate these findings and inform tampon-based self-collection programs for cervical cancer screening. Randomised controlled trials and comparisons with gold standard methods would enhance validation.

Tampons: A Novel Patient-Administered Method for the Assessment of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection

1992 • Christopher K. Fairley, Shujun Chen, Sepehr N. Tabrizi, Michael A. Quinn, John J. McNeil, Suzanne M. Garland

Assessment of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection usually requires a speculum examination to collect genital specimens. A technique using tampons as.a patient-administered method for the collection of specimens was studied by dot blot hybridization (HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, and 33) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Tampons and cervical scrapes were collected from 48 consecutivewomen attending a dysplasia clinic. Tampons provided a significantlylarger pellet volume (P < .002) and more DNA (P < .01) than scrapes. There was a close correlation when samples were analyzed for the presence of HPV DNA. Using dot blot hybridization, 8 cervical scrapes (17%) and 9 tampons (19%) were positive for HPV DNA (90% correlation). By PCR, 35 cervical scrapes (73%) and 33 tampons (69%) were positive for HPV DNA (88% correlation). Thus, tampon specimens are an easy method for assessment of genital HPV infection.

Daye tampons are manufactured in accordance with medical device standards, including ISO13485 and GMP. In order for a diagnosis to be confirmed, test results from the Diagnostic Tampon should be considered by a licensed healthcare provider alongside a patient's symptoms and medical history. Like every other diagnostic test, lab results are not sufficient for a diagnosis. Daye offers customers the option to connect with independent CQC-regulated healthcare providers virtually and in-person for a confirmed diagnosis. All prescriptions and treatments provided through the Daye platform are issued by third-party, independent pharmacists, who are also regulated under CQC and GPhC.