Cervical Screening Tests – Repeat Screen after 12 months

What is it?

A Cervical Screening Test or CST is a way of detecting for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common infection that my lead to cervical cancer,  so early detection can help with preventing cervical cancer.

This screening test is usually performed on a five yearly schedule, however, in some cases your GP will request that this is performed sooner.

A reason for this request may be that HPV was detected in your prior screening tests and you need to be tested to check that the infection has gone. Your GP would have discussed why you are being requested back sooner when you gained results from your last test, however if you are unsure it is always best to speak with your GP.

If your GP has requested you to return for another test it is vitally important that you do attend for a repeat test as close as possible to the request date.

More information on Cervical Cancer Screening:

Helpful information about the Cervical Screening Program and test can be found here:

http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/cervical-screening-1

How to book:

It is very easy to book, please call your medical practice and ask to make an appointment for a CST. Panaceum Group do run CST Clinics but these are for CST’s only and further treatments are not available during these appointments.

You may also want to consider a “well women’s check” if it has been a couple of years since you have had a breast check and general health check. This will be a slightly longer appointment and usually performed by your usual GP.

Costs:

A CST appointment is considered a standard appointment and may incur some out of pocket cost. The cost for processing your CST at the laboratory is bulk billed for Medicare card holders as long as your test is under the eligible testing criteria.