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As a girl, will I still need Cervical Screening Tests when I'm older if I have the vaccine?

Yes. The vaccine doesn't protect against all of the HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer, so you'll still need regular Cervical Screening Tests from the age of 25 if you have ever been sexually active.

Having the HPV vaccine, then having regular Cervical Screening Tests when you're older is the best way to protect yourself against cervical cancer.

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It's really important to have regular Cervical Screening Tests when you're older, even if you've had the HPV vaccine.

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The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Cervical Screening Tests.