There Is A Big Change Coming To Pap Smears In Australia
Ok ladies. We all know it. We all hate it. The Pap Smear. I shudder just thinking about it. But of course, it's a necessary evil. Every 2 years.
But, times are changing. The Australian government is changing the current system, so much so that after May next year, we will never have pap smears again.
Instead, we'll be getting the 'Cervical Screening Test'. News is that this test will be much more beneficial than pap smears.
This is due to the fact that it also tests for HPV (Human Papillomavirus), which in some forms can cause cervical cancer.
With the new test system, you also don't have to start having them until you are 25 years old. This is because it's so rare for women under the age of 25 to develop cervical cancer.
Having said that, be sure to go and visit the doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms down there.
The Cervical Screening Test only needs to be done every 5 years. (Yay!) It's still performed in a very similar way to the Pap Smear, but with the added bonus of it being covered under Medicare.
There will also be an automated National Cervical Screening Register, which will send out automatic reminders so you can be sure never to miss out on your test.
The Cervical Screening Test will be available and covered under Medicare from May 1st, 2017.
For more information about the National Cervical Screening Program head to this website.