Pap test can be taken every three to five years, new guidelines show.
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The Pap-smear group had about three-fourths the rates, and the DNA test had about half.
Many medical groups have long recommended a Pap test every three years for most women.
Most women need Pap test every 3 or 5 years.
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It now says women between the ages of 30 and 65 should get Pap tests, accompanied by screening for the human papillomavirus only once every five years.
Pap tests should start at age 21.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends first Pap tests at 21.
Women 30 and older should wait three years between Paps once they've had three consecutive clear tests.
New guidelines discourage annual Pap tests.
The Associated Press reports that the new advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is that women ages 21 to 29 whose Paps show no sign of trouble can wait three years between tests.
For healthy women ages 30 to 65, the recommendation is for a Pap plus a test for the cancer-causing HPV virus.
New guidelines out just last month are welcome news for women who dread their annual Pap test.