A Cervical Screening Test (CST) has taken the role of the Pap test. The CST detects the presence of HPV. This new CST is a more sensitive and enhanced version of the old Pap test.
The CST is an HPV test, and if HPV positive, the sample is screened for cell alterations automatically. This test is offered exclusively to women.
In December 2017, Medicare eligibility standards for Cervical Screening Tests changed.
Some women may be ineligible for a Medicare-rebatable cervical screening test if they are above the screening age (25Y - 74Y) or come for a re-test sooner than advised. This might result in a pathology charge from the pathology provider.
In a 30-minute appointment, we’ll begin with explaining the purpose of CST and what the procedure involves.
You will be asked to lie on an examination table with your knees bent so we can gently insert a speculum into your vagina to inspect your cervix. Using a soft brush or spatula, we will collect a sample of cells from the cervix; this is quick but may cause mild discomfort or pressure. The sample will be sent off for lab analysis. We will let you know when and how you will receive the results of your test.
The purpose of a CST is to detect early signs of cervical cell abnormalities or the presence of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which is a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical presence.
How often should I have a CST?
It is recommended that you start having CSTs at the age of 25 and every 5 years thereafter so long as results are normal. Depending on results, we may recommend a higher frequency. Your last screening will be when you are between 70 to 74 years old.
I’ve been vaccinated against HPV. Do I still need to have regular CSTs?
Yes, as there are many types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer.
I’ve had a hysterectomy. Do I still need to have regular screenings?
It will depend on the reason that you had a hysterectomy in the first place.
Dr. Dalia will review your medical history in order to determine whether or not you are required to undergo cervical screening.
Can I do a self-collection test at home?
These are not recommended and are not part of the National Cervical Screening Program.
The doctor should provide information about how to Self-collect the sample.
Patients should attend an in-person consultation and should be encouraged to self-collect a sample while they are still at the clinic.
The doctor should provide information about how to collect the sample and if you have difficulty collecting a lower vaginal sample on your own, the provider may be able to assist you. Alternatively, the provider could collect the sample without using a speculum by using a self-collection swab.
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