What does my test result mean?

An unsatisfactory test result occurs when the sample cannot be properly examined. There are a number of reasons why this may happen; for example, the number of cells may be too small, or there may not be enough liquid to perform all the tests needed. An unsatisfactory result does not mean there is an abnormality or a positive test, but it is important to repeat a liquid-based test at the recommended time.

Please return for a repeat cervical screening test in 6-12 weeks

Unsatisfactory results are less likely to occur in Compass trial specimens when compared to ordinary Pap smears.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Screening

We now know that infection over many years with certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer.

There are around 40 types of HPV which can infect the genital area (including the cervix). Genital HPV is spread by genital skin-to-skin contact during sex. Most people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives but never know as there are usually no symptoms and, most often, the virus goes away on its own without causing any problems.

An abnormal Pap test is often due to infection with HPV. The Pap test can find changes in the cells of the cervix before serious problems develop. These cell abnormalities can also be predicted using the HPV test, which detects the virus itself.

Reminder Card

When you receive your results we hope that you are also given or sent a purse-sized card to keep with you to remind you when your next test is due. Please keep this card and show it to any future health practitioners you might see especially if they suggest a screening test earlier than the date shown on the card. It explains when you are due for another test, and reminds your practitioner what to do.

If you did not receive one of these cards, please contact Compass on 1800 611 635 and we will send you one.

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