Self-collection and the Cervical Screening Test

Over 70% of Australian women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer are overdue for screening or have never had a cervical screen- it is vital that we find new ways to support women to participate in cervical screening.

Many South Australian women are currently not up to date with cervical screening. Self-collection may be a suitable alternative for women who are over 30 and who are not already participating in regular cervical screening.

If you are overdue for a cervical screening test, talk to your doctor about the cervical screening test and whether self-collection is the best option for you.

Eligibility criteria

Self-collection may be an option if you are 30 years old or over, and have either:

  • never had a Cervical Screening Test (or Pap test) or
  • are at least two years overdue for cervical screening.

Please note that pregnancy is NO LONGER a contraindication for self-collection. As this is a recent update to the guidelines and not all resources have been updated to reflect this change. Please see the clinical guidelines for further detail on self-collection and for screening in pregnancy.

How to collect your own sample

Your healthcare worker will assist you with instructions on taking the sample.

Information for healthcare providers

The Cervical screening for healthcare providers page provides information for healthcare providers who wish to offer the self-collection option to eligible patients.