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Return to screen in five years

Your Cervical Screening Test indicates you do not have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Your next Cervical Screening Test will be due in five years – the National Cervical Screening Program will send you an invitation to remind you when you are due.

The chance of developing cervical disease within five years after a test shows you don’t have HPV is very low, so it is safe to wait for five years for your next test.

It’s important to remember that if you ever have any unusual bleeding or abdominal pain, see your doctor as soon as you can.  

What do I do next?

If you’ve received a normal result from your Cervical Screening Test, you won’t need to have another Cervical Screening Test for five years.

If you notice any symptoms between screens, such as unusual bleeding or pain, you should see your doctor rather than waiting for your next Cervical Screening Test.

What happens if I forget when my next Cervical Screening Test is due?

To find out when you are due for cervical screening, call 1800 627 701.