human papillomavirus (HPV)

It’s a popular question to our Health Information Line – what is the cervical screening test?

It’s a popular question to our Health Information Line – what is the cervical screening test?

The two-yearly pap smear has been replaced with a five- yearly Cervical Screening Test. We answer your important questions on the changes.

From 1 December 2017, important changes were made to the National Cervical Screening Program, the program that aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early changes in the cervix. 

The key changes to the program are:

Two-yearly Pap smears have been replaced with a five- yearly Cervical Screening Test. We answer women’s important questions on the changes.

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Preconception and Pregnancy Health 

Pregnancy places many demands on a woman’s body. Ensuring you are as healthy as possible in the preconception period can help with conception, reduce the risk of issues arising during your pregnancy and assist your recovery from birth.

 

 

Q: I have heard that the Pap smear test has changed so women only need to be tested every five years. Is that safe?

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