There are some important changes regarding the Pap test.
The two-yearly Pap test for women aged 18 to 69 will change to a five-yearly cervical screening test (CST) for women aged 25 to 74.
The latest medical and scientific evidence shows that having a cervical screening test every five years is just as safe, and is more effective than having a Pap test every two years.
Changes to age brackets
The age at which screening starts will increase from 18 to 25. If you are aged between 25 and 74 and have ever been sexually active, you should have a cervical screening test every five years until you’re 74.
You will be due for your first cervical screening test two years after your last Pap test. We’ll send you a reminder letter so you don’t forget to get tested.
Your doctor will receive your results about two weeks after your test.
If you’ve been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (Gardasil vaccine) it is still recommended to have ongoing cervical screening tests as this vaccine does not protect against all the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.
Any symptoms? See a doctor
Women of any age who have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge and pain should see their doctor immediately.
If you have any questions about cervical cancer or the new cervical screening test, please make an appointment with us.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.