Pap smears

Pap tests

A Pap smear or cervical smear (Pap test) is a medical test used to look for abnormal cells in a woman’s cervix. Detecting these cells early can reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Pap smears are recommended for sexually active women at least every two years — more often for women at high risk.

For health professionals  

Pap tests are recommended for all Australian women aged between 18 and 70 as part of the national cervical cancer screening program.

Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the right patient and using it at the right time. NPS MedicineWise has compiled some of the latest evidence on medical tests commonly used in primary care.

Related information - Pap smears

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(Media release)
01 Oct 2015 From 1 May 2017, pap smears will be replaced with HPV testing of cervical samples with partial HPV genotyping.
(Media release)
01 Oct 2015 A new screening test for cervical cancer will replace pap smears from 1 May 2017. Read more about changes to the National Cervical Screening Program.
For health professionals (Medical test)
23 Jul 2013 Australian woman between the ages of 18 and 70 should be offered a PAP test every 2 years to reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer
(Medical test)
28 Jun 2013 Australian woman between the ages of 18 and 70 should be offered a Pap test every 2 years to reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer.
For health professionals (Topic)
22 May 2013 Which tests are supported in the guidelines for the use in assumed healthy people as part of a preventive activity?
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Jul 2007 Reviews use of human papillomavirus vaccine for prevention of HPV-related cervical cancer, including immunisation program for adolescents and young women.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Jul 2007 Reviews use of human papillomavirus vaccine for prevention of HPV-related cervical cancer, including immunisation program for adolescents and young women.