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Cervical Screening Tests

Everyone with a cervix aged 25-74 and who has ever been sexually active should have a cervical screening test every five years. The cervical screening test replaced the Pap smear in late 2017. It is a new test that looks for the cause of most cervical cancer: human papilloma virus (HPV).

The test is the same as the Pap smear. It may be a bit uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful.

Your first cervical screening test is due at aged 25, or two years after your last Pap smear.

If you are having abnormal bleeding such as bleeding after sex or in between a period or any bleeding after menopause, make an appointment with a doctor to have your symptoms investigated. Don’t wait until your next cervical screening test.

What is HPV?

HPV is a common infection easily passed on through unprotected sexual activity. Most HPV infections are naturally cleared by the body’s immune system in about two years without causing any problems. If the body does not clear the virus, cervical cells can change, and this may lead to cervical cancer. This usually take over 10 years.

The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer, so it is important to continue regular screening even after having the HPV vaccine

Make an appointment with one of our friendly doctors for a Cervical Screening Test today.

This content is provided for general information and education purposes only and does not take into account individual circumstances. It is not to be relied on in substitution for specific advice from a medical professional and Family Planning Tasmania does not accept responsibility for such use. Family Planning Tasmania has taken every effort to ensure that the information is up to date and accurate, however information and knowledge is subject to change. Family Planning Tasmania advises that you always consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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