About Cervical Screening Tests

If you are between the ages of 25 and 74 and have ever been sexually active, you should have a Cervical Screening Test two years after your last Pap smear and then every five years after that, unless your test results are abnormal. The Cervical Screening Test replaces the Pap smear. Cervical screening is a simple test to check the health of your cervix and also checks for human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause abnormal cell changes and may develop into cancer. The test detects whether or not HPV is present and if so what type of HPV it is.

The test is expected to protect up to 30% more women from cervical cancer, compared with the previous Pap test. Even if you have had the HPV vaccination you should still have regular cervical screening. This vaccination does not protect against all types of HPV that cause cancer.

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