Cervical Screening (Pap Smear)

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Most cervical cancers occur in women and people with a cervix who have never screened or do not screen regularly. Having regular screening tests is the best way to protect yourself.

The Cervical Screening Test replaced the Pap test (or Pap smear) in 2017. The Cervical Screening Test detects the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) – the cause of almost all cervical cancers – so that it can be monitored or investigated further if needed.

Eligible women and people with a cervix can choose to have a Cervical Screening Test either by:

  • taking their own sample (self-collection), using a simple swab, or
  • having a healthcare provider collect the sample from the cervix using a speculum.
  • You should speak with your Doctor about which cervical screening option is best for you.

For further information on self-collection:

https://www.health.gov.au/self-collection-for-the-cervical-screening-test