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

Your risk of developing cervical cancer is very low if you've never had any kind of sexual contact with a man or woman.

Sexual contact includes:

  • vaginal, oral or anal sex
  • any skin-to-skin contact of the genital area
  • sharing sex toys

So if you've never been sexually active, you may decide not to go for cervical screening when you are invited. But you can still have a test if you want one.

Read more about why cervical screening is important.

If you're not sure whether to have cervical screening, talk to your GP or nurse.

Further information

Page last reviewed: 04/03/2019
Next review due: 04/03/2022