Cervical Cancer Screening

SHAC performs cervical cancer screening per the American Cancer Society guidelines. Cervical cancer screenings (Human Papillomavirus: HPV) start at age 25 and are repeated every 5 years. A brush is used to gently swab your cervix and the swab is sent to a laboratory to test for HPV. Avoid having a routine pelvic exam during your menstrual period. Menstrual blood can affect some laboratory test results. For most people, the most comfortable time to have a gynecologic exam is right after your period ends. Avoid having sexual intercourse or inserting vaginal medications for 24 hours before your exam.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with a SHAC health provider, call SHAC at (505) 277-3136.