Why do women need Pap tests?
When a woman has been sexually active for 3 years, or when she
reaches age 21, regardless of her sexual orientation, she should
have a yearly breast exam, pelvic exam, and Pap test.
The clinician will use a flat stick and a soft brush to remove
cells from your cervix (the lower portion of your uterus and can
be a site of abnormal cell development). This is called a Pap Test,
which screens for cervical cancer.
The cells will be placed in a liquid solution and sent to the laboratory
for evaluation. The Pap test can detect abnormal cell changes possibly
caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and can decrease a woman's
risk of developing cervical cancer.
When a Pap test is abnormal, follow-up care and further evaluation
is offered at the Clinic.
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