Women with learning disabilities

All women are asked if they would like to go for a smear test from the age of 25 up until 64.

At the moment very few women with a learning disability have a test, far less than other women. This might be because some carers, parents or health professionals don't think women with a learning disability need one or because they don't know that they are having sex. They may also be too embarrassed to talk about it.

It is very important that women with a learning disability are given the option to attend their smear test the same as all other women are.

'The smear test film'

'The smear test film' was made with and stars women with a learning disability to provide information on smear testing, why it is important and what exactly happens during a smear test. 

You can also order a DVD of the 'The smear test film'.

 

EasyRead guide

We also have an EasyRead guide just for women with a learning disability. It will tell you about the HPV virus, what a smear test is and what cervical cancer is. It also explains what happens during a smear test.

You can download the EasyRead for free, or order a copy and we will send it out to you.

If you want to ask any more questions about getting a smear test you can call our helpline on 0808 802 8000.

Date last updated: 
25 Jun 2015
Date due for review: 
25 Jun 2017

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