Guess what? The guidelines have changed for Pap smears! I know that coming in for your annual exam is about as fun as going to the dentist for a filling, but I am proud when you ladies come in and take care of business. I like checking in with you each year. However, the guidelines have changed, and it means we won't be seeing eachother quite as often. To summarize: Under Age 21: no pap smear, no HPV testing Age 21-29 Pap every 3 years Age 30-65 Pap + HPV every 5 years
Here's a nice article written by a colleague, Aviva Jill Romm, MD. This is a great summarization of the new guidelines.
If you want more info from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, click here.