As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and a feminist, I think it’s so important to speak on women’s health and sexual/reproductive health without being embarrassed…

It wasn’t that long ago that cervical cancer was the deadliest form of cancer for individuals with a cervix. But with the widespread use of Pap tests, cervical cancer has gone from the number one cancer killer of individuals with a cervix to number 14.
That’s a drastic difference.

But for many in the LGBTQIA+ community, there could be confusion, nervousness, and misinformation around navigating this experience.

This coupled with changes to the guidelines that could eliminate the Pap, has the potential to leave thousands of people vulnerable to incomplete testing.

We can’t let that happen.

For the health of everyone with a cervix, the Pap test should be a part of a routine wellness screening regardless of gender or sexual orientation.