Give your cervix some screen time
Why cervical screening is important — and why you should start now.
CERVICAL SCREENING. WHAT TO EXPECT.
First cervical screen? Feeling a bit anxious? Don’t worry, we get it.
To help make your first screen as easy as possible we’ve got all the information you need here to help you feel informed and ready. So, do yourself a favour wāhine, watch this video and book your screen! You’ve got this.
WHY GET SCREENED?
If you’re between 25 and 69 years old, have a cervix (including trans or non-binary people), and you have ever been sexually active, you need to get screened.
Why? Having regular cervical screening can help keep your cervix healthy, as it can detect abnormal cell changes early on before anything more serious develops.
Your cervix is pretty amazing and is worth looking after now and into the future.
After your test
Your screen taker will talk to you about what happens next and how you’ll get your results – it usually takes about two weeks. Nearly all (about 90%) of cervical screen results come back normal, but if they do need to see you again, it might mean you need extra checks or possibly treatment but your health provider will talk to you about this.
HPV and screening
Did you know nearly all cervical cancer is caused by a common infection called human papillomavirus, or HPV?
Being immunised against HPV and having regular cervical screening provides the best possible protection against cervical cancer.
However the HPV vaccine does not protect against all strains of the virus – that’s why if you’ve been immunised you’ll still need regular screening.
Where can I get screened?
Find out here who offers cervical screening in your area. You can choose who to go to. It could be your GP, or another provider such as Family Planning or a community health provider. It’s your choice.Healthpoint website
The National Screening Unit can help you find someone to take your cervical screen. Give us a call on freephone 0800 729 729.
Screening Support Services
Screening Support Services can assist you to access breast and cervical screening, assessment and treatment services.