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Cervical Screening Self-Collection now available

Self-collection is now available to all people eligible for a Cervical Screening Test.

All cervical screening participants now have the choice to self-collect their own Cervical Screening Test sample. A self-collected sample is taken from the vagina and is checked for human papillomavirus (HPV) – a common infection that causes almost all cervical cancers.

To be eligible you need to be:

  • Aged between 25 & 74
  • Have had any type of sexual contact
  • Are a woman/person with a cervix
  • Are due or overdue for a routine cervical screening

When due, you should get a Cervical Screening Test even if you:

  • have had the HPV vaccine
  • are not currently or are no longer sexually active
  • have had the same partner for a long time or only had one partner
  • are gay, lesbian, or bisexual,
  • are transgender or non-binary with a cervix
  • are pregnant
  • have had a baby
  • have been through menopause
  • feel healthy and have no symptoms.

Because self-collection looks for HPV only – not cervical cell abnormalities – it is generally not appropriate for people who have symptoms of cervical cancer or if you are experiencing unusual bleeding, pain or discharge.

You should speak to your doctor about whether self-collect is the right option for you.

Book your appointment with your Doctor who will explain the process and give you the self-collection kit.  You then have the option to perform the collection here or take it home and return it for testing.

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