Self-Collected Cervical Screening Tests, a huge step forward

New Self-Collected Cervical Screening tests are a huge step forward in privacy and inclusion for transgendered and gender-diverse people.

Cervical screening checks for the presence of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which can cause cervical cancer.

If a person has a cervix and has ever had sex (of any kind), it is important to have regular cervical screening, this includes transgender people and gender-diverse people.

Transgender people who have a cervix and are aged 25 or over require cervical screening, no matter your hormonal history or gender identity.

If you’ve had a full hysterectomy (meaning you used to have a cervix and don’t anymore), talk to your doctor about whether you need to continue to have the test – it will depend on your medical history before you had the hysterectomy.

 If you’ve had genital reconstruction surgery, and collected a vagina along the way, you are still able to test for the presence of HPV and look for any changes to the vaginal cells.

THE NEW AUSTRALIAN SELF-COLLECTED CERVICAL SCREENING TESTS NOW MAKE IT EASIER, QUICKER, AND MORE PRIVATE. THIS IS HOW IT WORKS AND WHY YOU SHOULD GET TESTED. IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

WHAT IS THE CERVICAL SCREENING TEST?

The Cervical Screening Test is a simple test that is one of the best ways we have to prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is preventable with regular cervical screening because pre-cancerous changes can be found and easily treated so that cancer does not develop.

WHAT DOES IT TEST FOR?

The Cervical Screening Test looks for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a very common virus that causes over 99% of cervical cancer. 

WHO SHOULD HAVE A CERVICAL SCREENING TEST?

All women and people with a cervix aged between 25 and 74 years and who have ever been sexually active should have a regular Cervical Screening Test every 5 years.

HOW CAN I HAVE A CERVICAL SCREENING TEST?

There are now two ways to have a Cervical Screening Test. The test can be done by a doctor or nurse with a simple procedure using a speculum to examine your cervix, or it can be done as a self-collected test. 

HOW DO I DO A SELF-COLLECTED TEST?

You will still need to see a doctor or nurse to have a self-collected Cervical Screening Test, but you can do the test yourself in a private place such as behind a screen or in the bathroom. The test is done using a cotton tip swab that you gently insert into your vagina, then return to your doctor or nurse. 

Please note: The self-collected test is for routine cervical screening only, if you have symptoms or are having a follow-up test you will need to have a speculum examination.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE? WHERE CAN I HAVE A CERVICAL SCREENING TEST?

You can have a Cervical Screening Test with your regular GP, or you can book in to see one of our specially trained and highly experienced nurses at Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT in Canberra.

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