Cervical Screening has never been easier!
HPV testing will be the primary cervical screening test from 12 September 2023
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
1. Eligible participants are women and people with a cervix aged 25 – 70 years (or up to 74 years for those who have never been screened or are under screened)
2. Participants have the choice of two cervical screening options:
- HPV vaginal swab test, either with a self-test or assisted by a nurse or GP
- HPV test on a cervical specimen – previously referred to as a smear test – taken by a nurse or GP
3. The screening interval (time between tests) will increase from three years to five years for most people returning normal results (that is, HPV negative/not detected). People with immune deficiency will be tested three yearly
4. Funding has been made available to provide free cervical screening for some groups, including:
- Women and people with a cervix aged 30 years and over who are unscreened (never had a test), or under screened (haven’t had a test in the past five years)
- Māori and Pasifika
- Community Service Card holders
- Anyone who requires follow-up testing
For further important information on the changes to HPV Screening in General Practice, please read one of the below helpful pamphlets:
- Cervical Screening - Your test, your choice! (English)
- Matawai Waha Kōpū - Tō Matawainga,Tō Whiringa! (Māori)
- Cervical Screening - A talanoa about your choices (English)
For further information on screening, please visit: Time to Screen
If you have any further questions, please feel free to phone and speak to one of our practice nurses.