What is a Pap Smear and HPV test?
Pap smear and HPV tests are important screenings used to detect cervical cancer and certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in Singapore. These screenings are crucial for early detection and intervention, increasing the chances of successful treatment and better outcomes.
Pap smears, also known as a Pap test, involves collecting cells from your cervix to examine for any abnormal changes and identify early signs of cervical cancer or precancerous conditions. A HPV test checks for the presence of high-risk HPV strains that are known to cause cervical cancer. It involves testing a sample of cells from your cervix for HPV DNA.
Generally, both tests are performed together, providing a comprehensive evaluation of cervical health and the risk of developing cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears and HPV tests are recommended for women starting at a certain age or as advised by your obstetrician/gynaecologist.