Pap Testing

What is a Pap test?
A Pap test is a test to look for abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.  The cervix is at the lower end of the uterus, and has an opening to allow for the passage of sperm and menstrual fluid.  During a Pap test, a small sample of cells are collected which are sent to a lab to be examined.

Why is a Pap test importation?
The Pap test will look for changes in the cells of the cervix that might become cancer if not treated appropriately.  Fortunately, cervical cancer can be successfully prevented with regular screening and follow up.

When should I get a Pap test? 
Your first Pap test should be done within 3 years after your first sexual activity.  It is recommended for all women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old.  You should discuss specific recomendations with your provider bur for most women Pap test screening is recommended every 3 years. 

What is the Cost? 
Student Health Services offers Pap tests to students who are currently enrolled for $65.00.  This fee also includes Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing at no additional charge.

How do I get a FREE or lower cost Pap test?
 
If you qualify (qualifying is quick and easy), you can get a free or lower cost pap test through the following services or clinics:

Planned Parenthood: 619-881-4589

Family Health Centers of San Diego:  619-515-2300

Family Pact: information and services for low income men and women.  

Please visit the following web sites for more information:
   The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program 
   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Cervical Cancer Screening