Do you want to know more about the Cervical Screening Test (CST)?
Eligibility and testing basics
Firstly it is important to know if you are due for a test and eligible, this article contains all the basics about what the test is, and who needs to be tested. You can also see information and a helpful diagram from the Department of Health here.
You can also contact the National Cancer Screening Register to find out your CST status.
I am due or overdue for a Cervical Screening Test
If you already know you need to be tested then you can book in with your regular doctor (GP) for the test. If you don’t have a regular GP or would prefer to see someone else you can contact a local health service, including a women’s health service or sexual health service in your area. If you have questions about your particular circumstances one of the below links may also be useful:
- More information about CSTs for people with disabilities
- More information for the LGBTQI+ community about cervical screening
- More information on CSTs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Get a reminder when you’re due for your CST
Although the screening register will send you a letter inviting you for a screening test, there is also a handy text reminder service run by the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF). You can sign up for the Get the Text service here.
Results and follow up
The first person to discuss your results and any queries with should be your treating health professional but if you have questions outside of an appointment, or while you’re waiting for results, you can also find out more information about your Cervical Screening Test results here.
And if you want to learn more about how tests are performed inside a pathology laboratory you can watch these videos: