In most cases the screening examination test results is available within 14 days. How screening examination test results is conveyed depends on how the screening is performed:
- If the screening is performed by a general practitioner, women may receive the screening test result by contacting the general practitioner's office. However, your general practitioner may also have ordered, that the test result is sent to you by Digital Post (if not signed up for Digital Post, postal mail is used). Therefore, it is always advisable that you confer with your general practitioner how you prefer to receive the screening result at time of examination.
- If the screening is performed using a self-sampling kit at home the test result will be sent by Digital Post (if not signed up for Digital Post, postal mail is used). If consented to, your general practitioner will receive a copy of the test result. If your test shows signs of HPV you will be recommended to book an ordinary screening appointment performed by your general practitioner.
The test results will be presented as normal, abnormal or inadequate.
A normal result
If the test result is normal, the test shows no signs of abnormal cervical cells (dysplasia) and/or HPV. In these cases, additional follow-up examinations are not required. The women will be recommended to participate in screening next time she receives a screening invitation.
Despite a normal screening test result, some women are recommended additional examinations. For example, this is sometimes the case when previous test results have shown abnormal cervical cells.
An abnormal result
If the screening result is abnormal, the test shows signs of abnormal cervical cells (dysplasia) and/or HPV.
In this case, the women will be recommended additional examinations. All women with an abnormal screening test result are therefore advised to consult their general practitioner.
An inadequate result
If the screening result is inadequate, it was not possible to evaluate the sample, for instance due to technical issues.
In these cases, the women will be recommended a new screening examination.