AUSTRALIAN women will be able to conduct their own pap smear tests under a world-first change to Australia’s cervical cancer screening program.
Women who have previously been too embarrassed to get pap smears will now benefit from the changes due to take place from 2017.
Women will be able to collect self-testing kits from their doctor in a bid to encourage victims of sexual abuse and those who simply just feel uncomfortable about the invasive tests to get screened.
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With an advancement in technology, from May 2017 women will only have to be screened for cervical cancer once every five years instead of every two years.
In 2017 pap smears will also be replaced by HPV testing, which is a test that is conducted by using a tissue sample taken when a nylon swab is applied to the woman’s genitalia.