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On December 1, changes to the cervical screening programme in Australia will switch from Pap smears to the human papillomavirus (HPV) test.
While many women don't exactly know what this means, many are aware that the HPV test will be done every five years, instead of the two-yearly Pap smears.
FEMAIL - Doctor - Dr - Daria - Fielder
Here, FEMAIL sits down with leading Australian doctor, Dr Daria Fielder, GP from Sapphire Family Medical Practice, to tell you what you need to know about the HPV - and the biggest misconceptions about the change.
HOW DOES THE NEW TEST DIFFER?
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According to Dr Fielder, there is no need to worry - as the HPV will feel a lot like the Pap smear:
'It's done in the same way that we collected Pap smears, and it will feel the same, but the way we process the test is changing,' she told FEMAIL.
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'It's become a lot more sophisticated. This is why the test will be conducted every five years instead of two - it's become superior.
'Five years of research, clinical trials and lots of money has gone into the test. If it comes back negative, it has a much better negative predictive value than a Pap smear.'
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Crucially, what you need to know is that the new test will be conducted every five years instead of two.
You will also need to have your first HPV test at age 25, instead of the required age 18 for Pap smears - it will go up...
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