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Pap Awareness Week: Do you know if you need one?

By Michelle Reid On October 11, 2011 | 1 Comments

Do you need a Pap?Since I joined the LACE Campaign way back in February, I've talked to a lot of women about Paps- friends, family, strangers at parties, people on the bus.

From all those conversations, I've learned that many women are confused about Pap tests- what they test for, why they're important, how they differ from other types of tests. With Pap Awareness Week only 12 days away, I thought it was time for a post. If you're not sure whether you need a Pap, read on! Then find your nearest clinic and plan to drop in.

  • A Pap is not an STI test. A pap will only check for pre-cancerous changes to the cervix. It's a great time to ask your doctor about any other tests you might need, but Paps won't detect STIs- and STI tests won't detect cervical cancer.
  • Even if you get the HPV vaccine, you still need a Pap. The HPV vaccine is a great way to lower your risk of cervical cancer, but you still need to get regular Paps. To learn more about the HPV vaccine, visit I Have Immunity.
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    Michelle is a freelance writer and anthropologist with a Master of Public Health from UBC. Her passions are promoting health and building community. She's worked in grassroots community organizations in Vancouver, Victoria and Oceania.

    Vote for Sexual and Reproductive Health Today!

    By Michelle Reid On May 02, 2011 | 0 Comments
    I'm young, female, Aboriginal, and pro-choice, and that's why I voted against Harper.

    I'm young, female, Aboriginal, and pro-choice, and that's why I voted against Harper.

    Today, May 2nd, is the general election in Canada. It's hard for me to focus on anything else because the last few weeks have been so inspiring: seeing so many people of all ages come together to challenge voter apathy with insight and innovation. I'm hopeful that today will be a landmark election in Canadian history, one that demonstrates we aren't apathetic about how our country is led. You might know that in the last election, two out of five eligible voters didn't vote; only one in five voted for the current Prime Minister. In comparison, this election saw the highest-ever numbers of advance voting.

    Why am I talking about the election on That's So Sexy? Because the personal is political, and your sexual health (and choices, and freedom!) are political issues. Stephen Harper has done terrible things for reproductive and sexual health while in office, many that directly impact Canadian women everywhere.

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