From age 21 through 29, you should have a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer every three years or, as recommended by your provider. Beginning at age 30 (and going until age 65), cervical cancer screening guidelines recommend a Pap test and an HPV test done together. If your results are normal, your provider may recommend waiting up to five years to test again.
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for sexually transmitted infections. Talk to your provider if you’ve had a new partner since your last test.
Every woman should be tested for HIV at least once. There is no agreement among medical professionals about how often re-testing should occur; your provider may assess your risk and recommend re-testing.
The HPV vaccine is recommended for women and men up to age 26. Even if you’ve tested positive for HPV—the vaccine can protect you against other types of HPV that are also known to cause cancer and genital warts.
Everyone six months and older should receive the flu vaccination every flu season. The flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and older adults.
Every adult should get the Tdap vaccine (if they did not receive it as an adolescent) to protect against pertussis (whooping cough) and a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably sometime between 27 and 36 weeks.