Women who have received HPV vaccine are recommended to undergo cervical screening according to current guidelines.11
Vaccination is a preventive measure, complementary to cervical screening, and vice versa. HPV types other than those included in the current vaccines can cause cervical cancer. Therefore, both cervical screening and HPV vaccination are recommended.
Women aged 25–70 years are recommended to have HPV testing every 5 years, with exit testing at 70–74 years.
For women who have recently been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia or HPV infection, or have been treated for this in the past, HPV vaccine will not affect current disease. However, HPV vaccination may be warranted, because it can prevent:12
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.