Pap Smear replaced by five-year cervical cancer screening test

The Pap Smear has been changed to a five-year cervical screening test. 

Coming in to change on December 1, the test will detect HPV as well as cervical cancer. 

HPV causes 98 per cent of cervical cancers, meaning the disease could be detected easier.

Family Planning Tasmania’s Senior Medical Officer Sue Mallett said the CST had been developed based upon new knowledge of how and way cervical cancer developed. 

Women had previously had to have a biennial test.