New changes to the National Cervical Screening Program mean that all eligible screeners – women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 74 – will be able to choose to have a Cervical Screening Test either by:
- taking your own sample from your vagina, using a simple swab (self-collection)
- having a healthcare provider collect your sample from the cervix using a speculum.
Both options are:
- free under Medicare – so if your healthcare provider bulk bills for consultations, the whole thing is free
- accessed through a healthcare provider
- accurate and safe ways to collect a sample for a Cervical Screening Test.
When you opt to collect your own vaginal sample, you will be provided with a swab by your healthcare provider and instructions on how to do the test. The sample can be taken in a private space (behind a curtain or in the bathroom).
Self-collection is available any time a HPV test is needed. This includes for follow-up HPV testing after an intermediate risk result and cervical screening during pregnancy.
Learn more about self-collection.