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A Pap test is often done at the same time as sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Cells from the cervix are spread on a glass slide and sent to the Cervical Cancer Screening Laboratory (CCSL) in Vancouver. It generally takes four to six weeks for the results to come back to your health care provider.
The BC Cancer Agency recommends that cervical cancer screening should begin at age 25. In BC, a Pap test is done once a year for the first three years, then every three years if the results have been normal. Sometimes the Pap test is not included when people are tested for STIs. Ask your health care provider what tests are being done at the time of testing.
BC Cancer Agency – Cervical cancer screening program
Canadian Cancer Society – Pap test information
Canadian Cancer Society – Screening for cervical cancer
Canadian Women’s Health Network – Pap test information
Paptestinfo.ca – Pap test resources