What Do The New Cervical Screening Guidelines Mean For You?

teen standing, leaning against wall arms crossed(BlackDoctor.org) — Combining a Pap test with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test can safely extend the interval between cervical cancer screenings from three years to five years in many women between the ages of 30-65, according to new recommendations.

If women opt for the Pap test alone, the new guidelines are similar to the old ones, recommending screening every three years.

A key addition to the new guidelines is the recommendation concerning HPV testing. Previously, researchers from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said they didn’t have enough evidence to specifically recommend for or against the test. Now, if HPV tests and Pap tests are negative, women aged 30-65 can extend the cervical cancer screening interval to five years.