From 12 September 2023, the primary test for cervical screening (previously called a “smear” test) changed to a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, with the option of self-testing

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Those who will be eligible for free cervical screening include women and people with a cervix who are unscreened (have never had a screening test), under screened (haven’t had a test in the past 5 years), at higher risk requiring surveillance/follow up, Māori, Pacific, and anyone who is a community service card holder. This includes those populations that are at a higher risk of cervical cancer.