Q: How often should you get a pap test?
Doctors recommend you begin Pap testing at age 21. You should have the test every 3 years from age 21 to 65. You may choose to combine your Pap testing with being tested for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) starting at age 30. If you do so, then you can be tested every five years instead. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), and it’s linked to cervical cancer.
If you have certain health concerns, your doctor may recommend you have a Pap more often.