Once the cell sample collected from your Cervical Screening Test has been tested in the laboratory, the result will be sent to the clinic or general practice where you had your test, usually within two to three weeks of your appointment.
Refer to specialist
Your Cervical Screening Test has shown that you have some changes that need to be checked by a specialist. You might have a particular type of HPV infection that needs to be more thoroughly checked, or your cells might have changed in a way that needs treatment.
This result does not necessarily mean you have developed cancer. It takes a long time to develop cancer after a HPV infection, and it is not common.
It is important that you follow the instructions of your healthcare provider.
Why did I get this result?
When the laboratory checked your sample, they found a HPV infection and then they looked at your cells to see if they had changed. You may have a serious type of HPV (16 or 18), or they might have seen high-grade cell changes in your sample. Both of these results mean you need to visit a specialist for further tests.
What is HPV?
HPV stands for human papillomavirus, a common infection that can cause cervical cells to change. Eventually, over many years and in rare cases, this can lead to cervical cancer.