Unfortunately, many women fall behind on their Pap tests because they feel they lack the financial resources and medical coverage necessary to afford the test. The truth is: the Pap test is accessible to almost everyone. The Affordable Care Act covers cancer screenings for all people, including Pap testing for almost everyone with a cervix, making this life-saving check-up accessible no matter what your income level happens to be. I never actually shared this story with anyone but my mother. Two years ago I got a call from my gynecologist after my regular check-up. Everything seemed to be normal except for one thing. At that moment, I was so lost and confused at what I was told because this isn’t something that is openly discussed. I ended up getting a colposcopy to make sure everything was okay and, even though it was scary, I am so grateful that it was only a false alarm. This whole experience made me realize just how important it is to get your health screenings done and why all women should have access to a test that could potentially save your life. Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, but thanks to the Pap test, it has dropped to number 15!