National Cervical Screening Program – Self-collection and the cervical screening test for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

This document provides information on the Cervical Screening test and the options available for screening.


National Cervical Screening Program – Self-collection and the Cervical Screening Test

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Most women have their cervical sample collected by their health professional. Some women who have never been screened or are overdue for screening may be more comfortable taking their own sample (called self-collection).

Self-collection is one way you can choose to do your Cervical Screening Test every 5 years. It involves collecting your own sample from your vagina, in a private space. These instructions help you to collect your own sample, so you can prevent cervical cancer and live long and strong for yourself and your family.

If you have any questions or think you’ve made a mistake talk to your doctor or nurse.

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