What: A Pap smear or Pap test is a medical test in which a medical provider collects cells from the cervix during a pelvic exam* and those cells then undergo a microscopic examination. These cells are evaluated for abnormalities, such as the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells. A Pap test can detect certain viral infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause cervical cancer.
*The pelvic exam also includes an inspection of external and internal genital areas and an assessment of the health of the reproductive system and organs. It can also help identify pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), fibroids, etc.
Who: Pap testing is available for all premenopausal women. Doctors recommend getting a Pap smear at 21 years of age and then at least once every three years. If you have certain risk factors, you may need to get them more frequently. These factors include:
– Prior diagnosis of cervical cancer or a Pap smear that showed precancerous cells
– Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth
– HIV infection
– Weakened immune system due to organ transplant, chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid use
– History of smoking
Cost: $50-$75 for Pap (w/ STI Testing). Financial aid available to qualifying patients.
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