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Changes to the Cervical Screening Wales programme

On 1 January 2022, Cervical Screening Wales extended the interval between routine cervical screening (smear) tests for people aged 25 - 49 from three to five years.

If HPV is not found in your next routine cervical screening sample, we will send your next invitation in five years, regardless of your age. This is because the evidence tells us that the risk of developing cervical cancer is very low.

We have updated these FAQs (07/01/2021) to address comments and concerns that have been raised. We hope this further information and clarity is helpful.