A Pap test is short for Papanicolaou (named for the doctor who invented the test) test, which is a test to detect cervical cell changes that may show early signs of cervical cancer. UHCS offers Pap tests, which should be started by age 21 for anyone with a cervix. Call 262-472-1300 for an appointment.
If You Are 21 to 29 Years Old
You should start getting Pap tests at age 21. If your Pap test result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait three years until your next Pap test.
If You Are 30 to 65 Years Old
Talk to your doctor about which testing option is right for you—
If You Are Older Than 65
Your doctor may tell you that you don’t need to be screened anymore if—
Even though it is rare, screening with a Pap test on a regular basis helps to reduce risk for cancer development. In addition, maintaining a healthy immune system, avoiding smoking and other tobacco use, and being vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can reduce your risk for cervical cancer. While you may be able to go several years between Pap tests, you should continue to have yearly health exams to discuss other health maintenance issues.
If you are of reproductive age, you may qualify for the Family Planning Only Services program in Wisconsin, which covers the cost for many birth control methods, annual exams, Paps and STD testing and treatment.