Who should have Pap tests or Pap smears?

A Pap test or Pap smear is a screening test for women without symptoms. If you have symptoms such as abnormal bleeding or discharge, always see your doctor, even if your last Pap test was normal.

PapScreen Victoria recommends that all women aged 18-70 who have ever been sexually active should have a Pap test every two years, or one to two years after first sexual activity, whichever is later.

Women who have never had genital-skin to genital-skin contact with anyone do not need Pap tests.

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