HPV-vaccinated women should still have pap smears
THE Cancer Council has issued an urgent reminder for HPV-vaccinated women to still get pap smears, with new research revealing lower rates of cervical cancer screening among vaccinated Australian females.
Less than 30% of Australian women aged 30-34 who have received the HPV vaccine are undergoing regular pap smears, according to a study published last week in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The study is the first to reveal that women vaccinated against HPV are less likely to undergo cervical cancer screening than unvaccinated women in Australia.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said all Queensland women who had been vaccinated against HPV were still required to undergo regular Pap smears.