Papanicolaou test is a method of prevention for cervical cancer. It detects cell lesions usually caused by viruses, such as HPV.
It is a cytological examination during which cells are collected from the cervix, the endocervix and sometimes from a woman’s vagina. The examination is effectuated annually depending on the results and is recommended starting when a woman is sexually active.
In case of pathological findings the test may be repeated more often.