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If my daughter has the vaccine will she still need Pap tests when she's older?

Yes. The vaccine doesn't protect against all of the HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer.

Talk to your daughter about the importance of having regular Pap tests once she turns 18 or 2 years after her first sexual contact, whichever comes later.

So women who are first sexually active at 21 should have a Pap test when they turn 23.

Together, the HPV vaccine and regular Pap tests offer your daughter the most effective protection against cervical cancer.

Regular Pap tests are recommended for all women aged 18–70 who have ever been sexually active, even after the HPV vaccine. For more information about Pap tests visit the National Cervical Screening Program.

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The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Pap tests.