The current guidelines for Pap Testing in women of average-risk:
- Initiate Pap Test at age 21 years, regardless of sexual history.
- Pap Test every 3 years from 21 through 29.
- Pap Test with HPV test (co-testing) every 5 years from 30 through 65, or Pap Test alone every 3 years.
- Stop screening after age 65, or after total hysterectomy with cervical removal (for non-cancerous reason).
The following table shows the guidelines from different medical organizations, which are in agreement regarding screening for average-risk women. It is important to discuss your Pap history with your provider, and determine your best screening schedule.
With the new Affordable Care Act, as of 2010 preventative services, including an annual exam and recommended screenings, are all covered 100% by your insurance!