You have probably heard a lot in the media about the Pap Test Program changing. From December 1st , the current Pap Test Program (also known as Pap Smear) will be replaced by the Cervical Screening Program which will include a Primary HPV test rather than a Pap test.
There has been a lot of media about this so we wanted to give you the right information so you know how these changes will affect you.These changes are a result of new evidence, better technology and will help improve early detection of cervical cancer and save lives.
The new National Cervical Screening Program will:
invite women to participate in the National Cancer Screening Register
replace the Pap test with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
invite women aged 25 to 74 years to undertake the test
increase the time between tests from two years to five years
invite women 70 to 74 years to have an exit test
Please take the time to read more information about the changes and the reasons behind the changes on the ACCF website and if you would like to know more, here is the official website from the Department of Health.
We urge you to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what these changes mean for you specifically and until 1st December, continue with your Pap tests if you are due to have one. We will update you as we find out more, but make sure you keep up to date on our Facebook page and our website at www.accf.org.au