How often should women get a Pap Smear test?

Current guidelines recommend that women ages 21 to 29 have a Pap smear test every three years. However, HPV testing in this age group is not recommended because an infection usually resolves on its own with no harm to the woman. Women ages 30 to 65 are advised to continue having a Pap smear test every three years, or every five years if they also get the HPV DNA test at the same time. Women over 65 can stop testing if they've had three normal Pap smear tests in a row, or two HPV DNA and Pap smear tests with no abnormal results. Despite these recommendations, you should always follow the advice of your doctor about the frequency of a Pap smear test as there may be other reasons to screen more often.

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