More accurate. Less often.
The two yearly Pap test for people aged 18 to 69 will change to a five yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test for people aged 25 to 74. People will be due for their first Cervical Screent wo years after their last Pap Smear. The changes include:
the Pap test will be replaced with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
the time between tests will change from two to five years
the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
people aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.
Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The two yearly Pap test has now been replaced with a five yearly Cervical Screen, which is expected to protect 30% more women.
A Cervical Screen is a simple check of the cervix. It feels the same as a Pap Smear, but checks for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
For more information about the National Cervical Screening Program call 13 15 56.
At the Mostyn Street Clinic you are automatically placed on our Cervical Screening Recall System. We will send you a reminder letter when you are due for a review screen. You may advise your doctor if you do not wish to be on the reminder system, however in the interest of good health we recommend remaining on this recall. If you are no longer in the demographic for routine screening, or are now seeing another Doctor, please let the reception staff know.