Vaccines may force Pap smear change : “But despite the indignity and occasional discomfort involved, over the past decade millions of Australian women have dutifully rolled up to have a Pap smear every two years — a remarkable feat of preventative health compliance that has been credited with a halving of cervical cancer incidence and mortality over that time.”
The pap smear has been very successful in keeping women alive. If women are bothered by it they need to get support and a friend or family member to go with them. I think we have a great way of making difficult things seem quite normal and it is technique Australians use a lot. Bottom line is more women are alive thanks to it so , get over it and be pleased you have a way of staying on the planet. The alternative would be far more devastating. Perspective is very sobering. As for the Gardasil vaccines perhaps complicating the screening process and making it cloudy, then I would suggest we keep the gap and age groups normal for at least 5 years. This way we’ll spot trends, we’ll see changes and we will have some evidence on which to base a sensible and practical protocol for the young women who have been vaccinated. We won’t confuse anyone and build up our information banks.