Cervical screening is an important test for all women aged 25 to 74.  


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Cervical screening is a good way to stay healthy

Cervical screening is an important test for all women aged 25 to 74. 

Cervical screening can protect you against cervical cancer. The test looks for an infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV). If it isn’t found early, HPV can make changes to the cells in your cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. 

If you are aged 25 to 74, you need a Cervical Screening Test every five years. The Australian Government will invite you to have a Cervical Screening Test by sending you a letter in the mail. 

To book your test, please speak to your doctor or health worker, or use our directory to find a cervical screening nurse or doctor that is right for you. 

You need a Cervical Screening Test if: 

  • you are a woman 
  • you are aged between 25 and 74 years 
  • you have ever been sexually active 

You still need cervical screening even if you have: 

  • had the HPV vaccine 
  • been through menopause 
  • been with only one sexual partner 
  • experienced traditional cutting or circumcision 
  • had a baby 
  • been married or have had a sexual relationship with another person 
  • been divorced or widowed 
  • had sex with female partners 

If you have had a hysterectomy, please check with your doctor about cervical screening. 

You have the choice to do the Cervical Screening Test by either doing it yourself through a self-collected vaginal sample, or by going to a doctor or nurse who will collect a sample from your cervix. The test only takes ten minutes.  

If you are due for a Cervical Screening Test, please speak to your doctor or nurse about your options for testing or call 13 14 50 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm) and ask to speak to one of Cancer Council’s information and support nurses in your own language.

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