A pap test or cervical screen is completed by a health care professional to screen women for abnormal cells or cell changes on the cervix that may be signs of cancer or lead to cancer. During a pap test, your doctor may also take swabs from the vaginal canal or cervix to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you are 21 years of age or older and have had sexual skin-to-skin contact including sexual or anal intercourse, intimate touching, or oral sex, you should continue to have a pap test every 3 years until the age of 70. If it is found during a Pap test that you have abnormal cell growth, your health care provider will recommend a more frequent pap test schedule or other testing.
Cervical screening and pap tests are available to sexual health clinic clients and priority populations. Contact the Sexual Health Clinic for more information.