A comprehensive guide to testing, medical imaging and other health and illness prevention-related services. Click on the screening category to learn more about these services, individual tests & screening items
Smear test for HPV. Certain strains of HPV have been linked to cervical cancer. Cervical (pap) smears are advised commencing three years after the beginning of sexual activity or by the age of 21 as screening against the risk of cervical cancer. (Related - see also HPV Vaccination.) In the case of an abnormal result with the Liquid-based Cytology - Thin Prep cervical smear type, this is an efficient option as the same sample may be used for advanced HPV Genotyping (both high risk and low risk HPV genotypes) testing to identify the HPV strain type. While most HPV infections are benign, certain strains of genital HPV are associated with cancer, including cervical cancer.