How is cervical cancer screening discussed with clients at a sexual health clinic in Melbourne, Australia?

Esha Abraham, Christopher K. Fairley, Henrietta Williams, Anna Morton, Helen Henzell, Kate Maddaford, Rebecca Wigan, Eric P.F. Chow, Tiffany R. Phillips

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We conducted a survey among 40 clinicians working at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in November 2021. We asked clinicians how they discussed cervical screening with their clients. All clinicians used the term 'Cervical Screening Test (CST)' when discussing cervical cancer screening with clients. However, 19 clinicians (48%) also used the term 'Pap smear', particularly among older women as they were more familiar with Pap smear than CST. Twenty-five (63%) clinicians believed that clients did not understand the difference between Pap smears and CST. Further education is required to improve the understanding between the terminologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-487
Number of pages2
JournalSexual Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • gynaecology
  • HPV
  • human papillomavirus
  • prevention
  • screening
  • sexual health
  • women health

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