Cervical screening: Why is it important?
How does a cervical screening test (CST) differ from a PAP test?
Australia replaced the Pap Smear with the Cervical Smear Test (CST) in December 2017. Compared to the old pap smear test, the cervical smear test is more accurate, and you need it less often. Pap smear testing was recommended every two years, but a normal CST result only requires repeating every five years.
Cervical smears test for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), while pap smears detect only cell changes in the cervix.
When should I have a Cervical Screening Test?
Routine 5-yearly CSTs are recommended for all women aged 25-74. Please book a telehealth consultation with your GP to determine if you need a CST. In some cases, you may need routine screening more frequently, and your GP will advise you accordingly. You should contact your GP immediately if you experience symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge, or pain during sex.
How much is cervical screening?
Click here to see the fees at each Assure Health Clinics. Bulk billing is available for eligible patients.
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