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Guidelines for Pap tests have change!

 In 2012, Cancer Care Ontario updated its cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Cervical cancer screening is recommended every three years for all women starting at age 21 who are or ever have been sexually active.

  • Sexual activity includes intercourse, as well as digital or oral sexual activity involving the genital area with a partner of any gender.
  • Women, who are not sexually active by 21 years of age, should delay cervical cancer screening until sexually active.
  • Pap tests can stop at age 70 in women who have had three or more normal tests in the prior 10 years.
  • For more information on the new guidelines visit: https://www.cancercare.on.ca/pcs/screening/cervscreening/

How to order Check It Out campaign materials

Do you want to spread the word that LGBQ women need Pap tests too? Toronto-based organizations can order FREE campaign materials (including shipping costs) such as posters, postcards and brochures by downloading and submitting this order form. For organizations outside of Toronto, please contact Rainbow Health Ontario  through at (416) 324-4100 ext. 5308 or via email at ghinnigan@rainbowhealthontario.ca to learn how to order these free materials.

 

No doctor? No time? No problem.

The Bay Centre for Birth Control at Women's College Hospital is providing queer friendly drop-in hours for Pap tests every Wednesday evening from 4:00 – 7:30pm. No appointment or health card required. Clinicians will be female. Please note these clinics are for Pap tests only. The Bay Centre for Birth Control is located at: 790 Bay St (Southwest corner of Bay and College), 8th floor, Toronto, ON. (416) 351-3700. 

It's true: Paps are for lesbian, bisexual, queer, gay and any other women who have sex with women. Basically, if you've ever been sexually active (including oral sex, sex with toys and sex with fingers) and have a cervix, you need a Pap test.

The purpose of this campaign website is to give you and other women who have sex with women more information about what a Pap test is, why queer women need them and how to take care of ourselves and each other.

Love her. Love yourself. Get a Pap.