Do I need a cervical screening test if I'm a virgin?

Cervical screening (previously known as a smear test) aims to detect abnormal cells in the cervix that could develop into cancer.

If you've never had any sexual contact with a man or a woman your risk of developing cervical cancer is very low. Sexual contact includes vaginal, oral or anal sex, and skin-to-skin contact of the genital area.

Women who have never been sexually active may therefore decide not to have a cervical screening test when invited.

However, you can still have a test if you want one. If you're not sure, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

Find out why cervical screening is offered and when cervical screening is offered, which includes information on why some women may not need a test.

Further information

Page last reviewed: 06/12/2018
Next review due: 06/12/2021