“Sometimes it can be hard for me to have an open discussion about genital health. It can be embarrassing; it’s not something I often discuss publicly. However, that can change. It is necessary to prompt such conversations, especially those about the importance of Pap smears.

Within a routine wellness check, everyone with a cervix, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, should have access to and get a Pap smear. Unfortunately, confusion, misinformation, and guideline changes work to prevent such an important test. Through the widespread adoption of Pap screenings, fatal cervical cancer has gone from the number 1 deadliest form of cancer for those with cervixes to the 14th. Keep those numbers down and spread awareness of the importance of the Pap!”