Why You Should Get a Pap Smear
posted: Dec. 23, 2021.
- Women between the ages of 21 to 29 should get one every three years
- Women between the ages of 30 to 65 should get one (along with an HPV test) every five years
- Women with weakened immune systems (or women with HIV), as well as women who’ve had precancerous cells in the past, may need to come in more often for Pap smears (this is something you’ll want to discuss with your gynecologist)
- STIs such as herpes (HSV-2), trichomoniasis, and the human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Recent sexual activity