Why 25?

Why have the guidelines around cervical screenings changed?

Recently the Australian medical board has changed the rules on what we know as  pap smears. Previously, pap smears were recommended once sexually active but now it is recommended to wait until 25 or if you have symptoms. The new ‘Cervical Screening Test’ looks for human papillomavirus (HPV) whereas the Pap test looked for cell changes in the cervix. Technically the official name for the test is now a ‘Cervical Screening Test’ but most of us still use the common term of pap smear.


Have more questions about pap smears? We aren’t doctors, so please chat further to your trusted medical practitioner or for general questions, take a look at the Australian Government website.