A Guide To Understanding Your Test ResultsThis document provides you with information to help you better understand your Cervical Screening Test results.
Your health worker will discuss your results and the next steps with you.
It is important to see your health worker straight away if you experience pain or any other problems at any time.
Cervical Screening Test
What does the Cervical Screening Test look for?The Cervical Screening Test looks for the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
HPV is so common that many people have it at some point in their lives and never know it, as there are usually no symptoms.
But if HPV stays in our bodies for a long time, it can cause problems that may lead to cervical cancer. This usually takes 10 to 15 years.
Cervical Screening Test results
What does my test result mean?Your health worker will talk to you about your Cervical Screening Test results, and will answer any questions you have.
Based on your results your health worker may recommend you:
- Return to screen in five years
This means that no HPV was found. You will be invited to have your next test in five years.
- Repeat the HPV test in 12 months
This means you will be invited to have another test in 12 months. It means that HPV has been found, but it’s safe for you to come back for another test in 12 months to see if it’s still there.
- Refer to a specialist
This means you have a type of HPV infection which needs further tests or treatment. You will be referred to a specialist for another test.
- Repeat the test in 6 weeks
This does not mean there is something wrong. It means your sample cannot be read properly by the laboratory. It’s important to repeat the test in six weeks.
Where can I get more information?If you need more information, a good place to start is by speaking with your health worker.
You can also get more information from:
National Cervical Screening ProgramTo find out more about cervical screening and understand how the program works.
13 15 56
National Cancer Screening RegisterIf you would like to update your contact details and look up when your next Cervical Screening Test is due.
1800 627 701
National HPV Vaccination RegisterIf you need to check if you’ve already had the HPV vaccine, including how many doses you’ve received.
1800 478 734