The New Cervical Screening Test in Australia
The new five-yearly Cervical Screening Test for women aged 25-74 is a simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. The way the test is done will feel the same as a Pap test.
The test is based on the latest medical and scientific evidence, and it detects the virus that causes cervical abnormalities – the Human papillomavirus (HPV). The Cervical Screening Test replaces the two-yearly Pap test.
HPV is a common virus that can cause changes to cells in the cervix, which in some cases can develop into cervical disease. Following your first Cervical Screening Test, if your results are normal, you will only need to have one every five years instead of every two years.
More information about the Cervical Screening Test is available here.