Cervical smears

All women aged 20–69 are advised to get cervical screening done every three years if the initial smear results are normal.
Free cervical screening is available to all enrolled and registered patients.

If you are aged over 20 and haven’t had a cervical smear in the last three years, talk to your nurse or GP at any of our clinics. 

Cervical cancer vaccine (HPV immunisation programme)
HPV immunisation is free for everyone, male and female, aged 9–26, including non-residents under the age of 18.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus or womb and is at the top of vagina. Cervical cancer develops when abnormal cells grow on the cervix.
What causes cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is a very common virus spread through sexual contact. Four out of five people become infected at some time during their lifetime. Most HPV infections clear by themselves, but some types can cause cell charges on the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer many years later.
For more information about the free cervical cancer vaccine, talk to your doctor, practice nurse or health clinic or visit the Ministry of Health website.