The doctor or nurse who carries out your cervical cancer screening will be able to tell you when you can expect your results. Your results are usually sent to you in a letter. Your letter will explain what your results mean.
Most people who have the cervical screening will not have Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This is called an HPV negative result. If you have an HPV negative result, this means your risk of getting cervical cancer is very low. You do not need any further tests at this stage, and will be invited for screening again in 3 or 5 years depending on your age.
If clinicians find HPV in your cells, this is called an HPV positive result. There are two different kinds of HPV positive result:
- HPV found but no abnormal cells. You'll be invited for screening in 1 year and again in 2 years if you still have HPV. If you still have HPV after 3 years, you may need to have a colposcopy.
- HPV found and abnormal cells. You will be asked to have a colposcopy.
A colposcopy is a simple procedure to look at your cervix. You can find out more about having a colposcopy here.