It’s Pride Month, and Jen, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, knows a thing or two about the importance of standing up for one’s rights – that includes the right to make choices about her own healthcare, including continued access to the lifesaving Pap test.

“As women from the LGBTQ community, it is important to understand what resources are available to us because we are often left out of the conversation. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer related death in women, but thanks to measures like the Pap test, we can diagnose and treat this disease before it’s too late.

I feel strongly about this because we as women should be able to have these choices to better our health. It benefits half of the world population. If this test gets removed, so many lives could go on without knowing that there are cancerous cells in their system. I would personally love to know at an early age if my body is prone to cancerous cells. I ask you to bring awareness to this issue and understand the importance of the Pap screening test. It could save your life and your loved ones.”