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Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Recent changes

A woman should have her first pap test at age 21, and every 3 years after that.
Beginning at age 30, screening for hpv is added to the pap test.

In brief: Recent changes

A woman should have her first pap test at age 21, and every 3 years after that.
Beginning at age 30, screening for hpv is added to the pap test.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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Dr. Anne Wiskind
Gynecology
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In brief: Age 21

The current guidelines state the 1st pap smear should be at age 21, and that from age 21-29 it should be repeated every 3 years.
Women age 30-65 should have a pap and hpv testing every 5 years. These guidelines only apply if the tests are normal. Even if it is not time for a pap, women should seen their gyn yearly. Many gyn's are not comfortable with these guidelines and pap more frequently.

In brief: Age 21

The current guidelines state the 1st pap smear should be at age 21, and that from age 21-29 it should be repeated every 3 years.
Women age 30-65 should have a pap and hpv testing every 5 years. These guidelines only apply if the tests are normal. Even if it is not time for a pap, women should seen their gyn yearly. Many gyn's are not comfortable with these guidelines and pap more frequently.
Dr. Anne Wiskind
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