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

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

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Publication date: 
November 2017
Last updated: 
7 July 2020
Publication type: 
Fact sheet
Intended audience: 
General public
Description: 

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).

This fact sheet answers, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women:

  • who should have a cervical screening test
  • what is self-collection
  • is self-collection right for me
  • how do I collect my own sample