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thatonechick1
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Im 18 and "sexually active," should I go in for a pap smear? I looked on other sites and they all states to wait until Im 21.
I wanted a more informed answer.

Thanks!

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Kachina
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Usually it's recommended to get gyn care by age 21 OR when sexually active - whichever comes first. Since you are sexually active (and 18 is not a bad time to start even if you weren't) then it is a good time for reproductive healthcare, including STI testing.

Your First Gynecologist Visit
Testing, Testing...

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