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A pelvic examination and Pap test are important tests for women to have. These screenings can help ensure that women have good gynecologic health. During a pelvic examination, a health care provider examines a woman's pelvic area, including the external and internal organs. A Pap test is only one part of the pelvic examination. A Pap test screens for human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can lead to cervical cancer. In addition to the Pap test your health care provider might also test for other sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Click on the below links to learn more about pelvic examinations, as well as Pap tests, including what to expect during the screening.
Female UK students who have never had a pelvic examination will meet with a health and wellness nurse prior to their clinic visit. This is included as part of the health fee that many UK students pay. During the meeting with the women's health nurse, students will discuss all aspects of the examination. The nurse will also discuss options for sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing (link to information about STI testing for women), as well as information about contraception (link to information about contraception). To schedule an appointment, please call 859-323-2778 (APPT). Be sure to let the person scheduling your appointment know that this is your first pelvic examination.
It is recommended that women have a Pap test, which screens for human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can lead to cervical cancer, beginning at the age of 21 or three years after they become sexually active. Women should have a Pap test every year unless directed by their health care provider. It is also recommended that sexually active women under the age of 25 be screened at least once a year for chlamydia, which is another common STI.
University Health Service offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for women. For females who pay the health fee, testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, two common STIs, is free. Women can also be tested for syphilis through a blood test. For women who are interested in HIV testing, there is a charge for this test.
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Make an appointment today by calling 859-323-2778 or go to the Appointments section for more information.