Did you know that Dr. Natasha offers Cervical Screenings at the beautiful Ministry of Skin clinic in Torquay?
Don’t feel like you are going to a doctor practice and have your cervical screening in a nice, peaceful environment.
The Pap smear has been replaced by a new cervical screening test to detect the human papilloma virus (HPV). The Pap smear used to look for cell changes in the cervix, but the new test looks for HPV which can lead to those changes. The test is known simply as the cervical screening test.
If you are a woman aged 25 to 74, you should have your first cervical screening test 2 years after your last Pap test.
The cervical screening test is a new, more accurate way of protecting women against cervical cancer. It was introduced in Australia in December 2017, and is expected to protect almost one third more women from cervical cancer than the old Pap smear.
The Pap test used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix, the entrance to the uterus (womb) from the vagina. Now the cervical screening test looks for evidence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cell changes in the cervix.
The cervical screening test looks and feels the same as the Pap test. But it is only done every 5 years instead of every 2 years, if your results are normal. (You will, however, need your first cervical screening test 2 years after your last Pap test.)
You should have the test if:
- you are aged 25 to 74 years old
- you have a cervix
- you have ever been sexually active
You need to have regular cervical screening tests even if you have been vaccinated against HPV, or if you identify as lesbian or transgender.
Stop putting off your cervical screening test and book in with a female GP who will ensure you feel safe and relaxed. Call 0478957890 to book.