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Are smear tests still going ahead?

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Are smear tests still going ahead?

I had a smear about a year ago, it was mild abnormal changes and positive for HPV. I had a colposcopy but they said no treatment was needed but I had to go back for a smear in a year. 

It's now been a year and I've tried to book another appointment but my GP has said they're not doing smears at the moment and to try again in a few months. I know capacity is very limited at the moment and I don't want to waste any time or resources but I am also worried about delaying my smear test for months, especially as it was abnormal last time, and we don't know how long the pandemic will go on for.

Has anyone else had this problem? I'm not sure if sexual health clinics or walk in centres will do them?

Thanks for any help, I hope everyone is well.

Emma X 


Hi Emma have you tried phoning the colposcopy clinic to ask them what they advise as they know your individual case? Or you could also try phoning Jo's helpline.

Hope you get some answers soon


1st ever abnormal smear hpv & severe high grade dyskaryosis August 2019 lletz September 2019 polyp & nabothian cyst found Results hpv & mild cell changes polyp innocent Repeat colposcopy Dec 2019 test of cure January 2020 results of test of cure; no high risk HPV present , check up colposcopy appointment in June because of the discrepancy between initial smear & lletz result

Hi all smear tests at GP surgeries are going ahead of you have had a previous abnormal result .. 

all routine 3 yearly smears unfortunately need to wait a while 

hope this helps xx


Thanks for your replies. I called them, explaining that my previous result was abnormal but they again said there's no capacity and that I should try a sexual health clinic, but none of the sexual health clinics I've found are doing them either. Even tried to get one privately through my work healthcare scheme and they said they don't do anything that's preventative/screening tests, even after I explained about my previous abnormal result and that I'm not just after a routine check. I'll try Jo's helpline. So strange that no one else seems to be having this problem? I'm based in London, wonder if that makes a difference.


I wonder if it depends where you are based (I'm in the South West). I went to my GP surgery on the 30th of March initially just for a depo. The nurse noticed I hadn't has a smear before (I was 27 at the time, I've just turned 28), and she offered to do it there and then. Thank god I did, as I haven't had good results. Not sure if this was just because I was lucky, to do with the area I live in, that particular nurse or just that I hadn't had one yet at almost 28.

I'm sorry you're having such trouble getting it done. I do hope you get it sorted soon xx


I was due my depo also on 30th March. GP rang me and said they weren't doing it any more and has moved me onto the mini pill instead.