Cervical screening is changing

1 July 2022

From 1 July 2022, there are two ways to have a Cervical Screening Test (CST).

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You can now choose to screen by:

  • collecting your own sample (this is also called self-collection)
  • having a healthcare provider collect your sample.

Both options are accurate, safe and effective ways to screen.

Talk to your healthcare provider about which option is best for you.

For women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 years, a CST every 5 years is your best protection against cervical cancer.

Find out more about cervical screening.