That depends on how old you are and what the results of your past Pap test.
- If you are age 21 to 29, you should have a Pap test every 3 years.
- If you are age 30 or older, you can have a Pap test every 3 years or a combination Pap and HPV test every 5 years.
- If you are age 65 or older, you can stop having Pap tests if:
- You had Pap tests done regularly until you turned 65.
- You had 3 normal Pap tests in a row, or 2 normal combination Pap and HPV tests over the past 10 years (with the most recent test within the past 5 years).
- You might also get a Pap test if you have certain symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding.