Pap smear test – Who should take it?
Who should get it?
Anyone who has been in contact with someone with a contagious illness should take the test, but it is not mandatory.
What should you do if you are sick and think you might be infected?
If you have been in close contact with a sick person, call a GP or a doctor.
They will check your symptoms, and will give you a test to confirm you are infected.
You will need to keep a clean and sanitary environment for at least 24 hours.
Do not leave any body fluids or other materials on the toilet, wash your hands, and put away any personal items such as mobile phones, jewellery or other electronics.
Do keep your clothes dry and tidy, and dispose of them properly.
This test is also a good time to wash your face, but don’t leave it in the sink.
You may also want to use antibacterial soap and water to prevent your skin from getting infected.
This will help prevent spreading the disease.
If you do have symptoms, call your GP.
If it is a cold or flu-like illness, you should call your doctor.
The flu is a viral illness and does not cause symptoms.
If the test does not show the presence of the virus, then you are unlikely to get infected and are unlikely contagious.
What you should do if it does not test positive: If the flu does not go away after 24 hours, you are at a high risk of contracting the disease again.
If this happens, you need to seek medical advice and contact your GP or your local public health department.
This could include going to hospital and seeking treatment, contacting your GP if you can’t get there, or calling the police or ambulance.
If all of these options fail, you may be asked to stay home and avoid touching your body for a short time.
If your symptoms improve after 24 to 48 hours, it is likely you have passed the flu virus.
You should then seek medical attention and get tested.
If there is no improvement, you might need to continue to avoid contact with your body or close contact.
If so, you will need a GP referral to be tested.
This means a test of your skin is not recommended, even if you think you have the flu.
A flu test may be ordered for a specific person, such as if you have any symptoms of an underlying illness.
If that person is someone who has recently had contact with you or has a family member or friend who has also been in touch with you, they should be tested too.
This can be done in a hospital, community clinic or hospital laboratory.
If they have not been tested, they can be tested at a community health centre or GP office.
The test will be sent to the test lab.
If tests show you are in a very high risk group, such a high rate of infections or a high level of infection in the last week or so, your GP will need an appointment to get a referral to get tested and have a test.
If not, your local GP can refer you to a GP with the appropriate appointment to be able to do this test.
The person who gets the test will tell your GP how long they have been ill and how many times they have had contact.
It may also tell your doctor if there is any infection and how high the risk is.
This information can be passed on to the doctor, who will advise you about how to avoid spreading the virus.
If a person who has passed the virus has a fever, they are at an increased risk of catching the flu again.
People with a high fever should be careful not to touch their noses or mouths with their hands, which could spread the virus to others.
If any of the symptoms do not go down, they may need to stay at home for a while to rest and recover.
If these symptoms improve, they will be told to go back to work.
If people are still ill, they need to go to hospital immediately, even when symptoms are gone.
Do NOT wash your clothes, put them away, or put them in the car.
Wash them properly and keep them dry.
This is not just for your own health.
Your clothes should not be dirty, or in direct contact with people.
They should not have been left on a hot, damp floor, or if they have dirt on them.
They need to be dry, and kept away from people, pets, and the environment.
If someone is at home with a fever or has symptoms that have gone down, a GP will likely be called.
The GP will tell them how to get out of bed, and when they should go back in.
This advice will depend on the severity of the flu and how long the symptoms have been gone.
If symptoms do go down but you are not being tested, you can contact the GP.
They can provide a referral for you to get the test and help you get a diagnosis of the influenza.
What are some things you can do to help protect yourself?
There are a few things