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As a girl, will I still need Pap tests when I'm older if I have the vaccine?

Yes. The vaccine doesn't protect against all of the HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer, so you'll still need regular Pap tests when you turn 18 or 2 years after your first sexual contact, whichever comes later.

So if you don't have any sexual contact until you're 21, you don't need to start having Pap tests until you're 23.

Having the HPV vaccine, then having regular Pap tests when you're older is the best way to protect yourself against cervical cancer.

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Two young female teens

It's really important to have regular Pap tests when you're older, even if you've had the HPV vaccine.

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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.