I’ll admit it, as a plus-sized, queer Latina, I had reservations my first time getting a Pap smear.

I was afraid of being slut-shamed, fat-shamed, and dismissed as unfortunately is the case for many plus-sized individuals with cervixes. This is why Health At Every Size (HAES) informed doctors are so important. Having a doctor that truly listens to your concerns and has your best interest at heart regardless of the number on the scale, makes all the difference. I now can have peace of mind, knowing that I’m screened regularly for cervical cancer. Which is why I firmly believe we need to #ProtectThePap. For the health of everyone with a cervix, no matter your gender, no matter your sexual preference, no matter your size. Everyone deserves access to this potentially life-saving test!