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Your results

You will be sent your cervical screening result in a letter, so make sure you give the person taking your test the correct address.

If you have not had a result after 4 weeks, please contact the person who took your test. Cervical Screening Wales aims to have sent all results within 4 weeks.

If you do not wish to receive your results by post, please tell the person taking your test.


Possible Results



High-risk Human papillomavirus (HPV) not found

Most people, nearly 9 out of 10, will receive this result. It means that we did not find the virus (high-risk HPV) that causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. Your risk of cell changes is extremely low and we do not need to look at the cells in your sample. Most people will be invited for their next test after three or five years, depending on their age. Some people may need a test after 12 months, and some will not need any more tests. Your letter will tell you when your next test is due.

High-risk Human Papillomavirus found, cells normal

This means that, although we found high-risk HPV in your sample, when we looked at the cells there were no cell changes. We will invite you for another test after 12 months to see whether your body has cleared the virus.

High-risk Human Papillomavirus found, cell changes seen

If high-risk HPV is found in your sample, we will look at the cells and, if there are any changes, we will refer you to a colposcopy clinic at your local hospital (See the Colposcopy Clinic)

The cell changes are called dyskaryosis. The changes are usually in the skin (squamous) cells covering the outside of the cervix. Sometimes they may be in the cells inside the cervix or womb, called glandular cells.

High-risk Human Papillomavirus found, not enough cells

Sometimes when we look at the cells in your sample, although we cannot see any cell changes, there are fewer cells than we would like to see. There need to be enough cells for us to give you a reliable result.

You would usually need to have the test repeated after 12 weeks.

It is important to be screened again.

High-risk Human Papillomavirus result not available/unreliable

This means that we cannot give you a proper result and we have not looked at the cells in the sample. There a several reasons why this can happen. You would usually need to have the test repeated after 12 weeks. It is important that you are screened again.

If you would like to discuss your result, please contact the person who took your sample.


Frequently asked questions

One or more high-risk types of Human papillomavirus (hrHPV) are present in over 99.7% of cervical cancers.

Testing all women who attend for cervical screening for hrHPV will pick up more cell changes and prevent more cancers than in the past.