What is cervical screening?
Cervical Screening is a free health test available on the NHS that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) and if you have HPV, it checks for cell changes (abnormal cells). 

Who is invited for cervical screening?
You should be invited for cervical screening if you have a cervix.
In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening if you are: 

  • between the ages of 25 to 64
  • registered as female with a GP surgery.

Your cervical screening results will help decide when you are next invited for cervical screening. 

What happens at cervical screening?
At your appointment, a nurse takes a sample of cells from your cervix using a small, soft brush. The test only takes a few minutes.


If you feel worried about going for cervical screening, you are not alone. It may help to know as much as possible about what going for cervical screening is like.

For more information, visit www.jostrust.org.uk