Yolgens Cadet, a medical student from Palmetto, FL, is here to remind you that even a global pandemic is no excuse to stop paying attention to how federal and local legislation can affect your health – in fact, it’s an even more crucial time to ensure that you have access to necessary medical care like the Pap test.

Cervical cancer used to be the #1 cancer killer of women but now it is number #14 thanks to Pap smear testing. The CDC recommends all women 21 and up to get a Pap smear test every three years, but due to new policy changes these tests might be a thing of the past, leaving many women without access to vital testing that could help in detecting and preventing cervical cancer. Although life during this quarantine is stressful enough, please take the time to be informed and understand what decisions lawmakers are making about our bodies and how to stand up for women’s healthcare and access to these tests for all women!!