The Criteria for the Cervical Screening Test (formerly PAP Smear) have been updated for the Under 25’s
Routine cervical screening now commences at 25 years of age under the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), or two years after the last Pap test.
If you have previously had a Pap test with a normal result:
- before 23 years old, you should get screened at the age of 25.
- at 23 years or above, you should get screened two years after your last Pap test.
If you have not previously had a Pap test, even if you are sexually active, it is safe to commence screening at 25 years of age.
If you received an abnormal test result for your last Pap or Cervical Screening Test, continue to follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
The following Government website has access to helpful information.
It is important to remember that if at any age you experience symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge, or pain during sex, you should speak directly with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Cervical Screening is available to you if you fall outside of the new criteria, and a private fee would be charged by the pathology company. This is approximately $65 for basic screening, or $100 if further testing is required.
If you are unsure if you require a Cervical Screening Test, please make an appointment to discuss your eligibility with your GP at Ranford Medical Centre on 08 9456 0800.