Pap Smears Are Changing!
From the 1st of December the ‘ Pap Smear’ will be replaced by Primary HPV testing of the Cervix. What does this mean? The most important outcome of this is that instead of a test being done every 2 years, it will stretch out to 5 years. This is because we have learnt that Cervical Cancer is triggered by the HPV virus. It will be as accurate and as safe but can be done less often.
The procedure is generally still the same, but does offer an alternative for women to do the test themselves with some education. This will hopefully capture the women out there who have never had a smear because of the nature of the procedure. Cervical Cancer is still a nasty cancer that is very difficult to treat.
Unfortunately most people that get this condition are those that have either never been screened, or are overdue for their test. This HPV virus is the same one our year seven students are being immunised against.
Let’s hope in the future Cervical Cancer will be a thing of the past! If you have any questions about this please ask your GP.