Cervical Cancer Screening
In 2013-2014 3 .8 million women in the eligible 20-69 yo age group had a pap smear within the recommended regular 2 year period for standard Pap smears which was only 57% of the eligible age group. Despite HPV vaccination pap smears are still required to ensure early diagnosis of this highly treatable disease.
Pap smears will be replaced by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing of the cervix which is still done in the usual way from Dec 2017. Routine Screening will then occur every 5 years if the test has been negative and commence at age 25 for those who have had Gardasil immunization, all others will still have standard pap , Thin Prep smears from 18 yo when appropriate at 2 year intervals until HPV testing has commenced