Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

Get information from qualified health professionals on the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why has the cervical screening process changed?

    I went to the doctor to get screened for cervical cancer and they told me it has changed? Why is that?
  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • 2


    Prof. Amar Trivedi

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound Specialist

    The previous glass slide based pap-smear had some limitations, such as low sensitivity, blood obscuring the smear, problems with fixation especially if delayed. Only 20% of cells transferred from the cervical broom to the glass slide. The new cervical screening system has following advantages: -higher sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value. -allows for the identification of high-risk HPV strains. -The incidence of false negatives will be lower. -A negative HPV test has a very high negative predictive value, which allows for a 5-year screening interval. -The screening will also start at 25 years of age in the new system.

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question

Empowering Australians to make better health choices