Cervical screening tests for cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Regular cervical screening — every 5 years — is the best way to prevent cervical cancer. Some people need to be screened every 3 years. It’s a good idea to ask your nurse or doctor how often you need to be screened.
You need regular cervical screening if you have ever had sex and you are both:
- A person with a cervix
- 25-69 years old
Learn more about cervical screeing