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