“Get Pap’d”- Drop in pap testing at Student Health Service

Drop-in pap tests

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Details: If you’re due for a pap test this year, come by Student Health Service during this time and “get pap’d”! Wellness Peers will also be at Student Health Service with free mini-cupcakes and more information during this time.

More information about pap tests

What is the pap test?

A routine screening done by a doctor or nurse to check for signs of abnormal cell growth in the cervix, infections, or cervical cancer.

Why should you get regular pap tests?

  • This can save your life! The chances of curing cervical cancer in early stages is very high [3].
  • Early detection of infections or abnormal cell growth allows for the doctor to provide you with the right treatment to prevent cervical cancer from occurring [3].

Who should get pap tests?

Anyone with a cervix who:

  • had sexual activity or sexual contact in the last three years [3];
  • and/or is 21 years older and older  [3].

You will need to continue with pap testing even if you have received HPV vaccinations such as Gardasil [1].

Human Papillomavirus (aka HPV) are a group of viruses that can lead to cancer if the infections are not treated properly. This virus is the main cause of cervical cancer can be contracted through any kind of sexual touching [1].

When should you get the pap test?

Around 10 to 20 days after the first day of your last period. This means to schedule your pap test when you are NOT on your period.

This test should be done once per year for three consecutive years and once every two years thereafter.

Where can you get the pap test?

What should you do to prepare for the pap test?

Doctors suggest to avoid the following for two days prior to the exam:

  • Douching
  • Using tampons
  • Using vaginal creams, suppositories, and medicine
  • Using vaginal deodorant sprays/powders
  • Having sex

These may affect the test results by washing away or hiding abnormal cervical cells [3].

How much does this exam cost?

The pap test are covered by MSP. There are no extra charges.

Other frequently asked questions:

Q: Do I need a pap test if I am in a same-sex relationship [1]?
A: Yes!

Q: Do I need a pap test if I have not been sexually active recently but have been in the past [1]?
A: Yes!

Q: Do I need a pap test if I have been having sex with the same partner for many years [1]?
A: Yes!

Q: Do I need a pap test if I have not been having sexual intercourse but have been having sexual activity in other ways [1]?
A: Yes!

Q: Do I need a pap test even if I have had the HPV vaccine [1]?
A: Yes!


1. A pap test could save your life. (2012, July ).

2. Pap tests. (2011, Feb 17). 

3. Pap test fact sheet. (2009, Jan 14).