September is Cervical Screening Awareness Month

September 18th, 2019

Smear tests save lives

Why have regular smear tests

Almost all cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is spread by sexual activity. Eighty percent of people who have been sexually active will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives. But with regular cervical screening any changes on the cervix can be detected and treated before they become cancers. 

Who should have smear tests?

If you:

  • are a woman or trans or non-binary person with a cervix
  • are aged between 20 and 69
  • have ever been sexually active

then you should have regular smear tests.

This includes if you:

  • are immunised against HPV
  • are single
  • only have sex with women
  • have a disability
  • have been through menopause
  • are no longer having sex.

Book your smear test now