Q: What is a pap test?
A: It's a five minute procedure that detects cell changes on your cervix that, if left untreated for several years, could eventually turn into cervical cancer.
When changes in cervical cells are found early, they can often be treated effectively before they become dangerous. Regular pap testing can reduce cervical cancer deaths by 70 per cent.
Q: How often should I have it done?
A: The BC Cancer Agency recommends that all sexually active women have a pelvic examination every 3 years after their 25th birthday. Screening may be discontinued at age 70 if there have been 3 or more normal tests in the last 10 years. The best time to do a pelvic exam is mid-cycle. The procedure takes place in an examining room and is done by one of our female Registered Nurses.
Q: What is a sexually transmitted infection / disease?
A: An STI is an infection passed from one person to another person through sexual contact. An infection is when a bacteria, virus, or parasite enters and grows in or on your body. Some STIs can be cured and some STIs cannot be cured. Our nurses can check for: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphillis, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, herpes.