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This protection is called “nondiscrimination.” If family members are eligible but are not currently enrolled under your health plan at work, you may be able to add them during a “special enrollment” opportunity outside of the usual “open enrollment” period. If you are over 30 years old, it is not necessary to get an annual Pap smear but you still should get an annual pelvic exam to check for any other changes or infections.
If you’ve had an HPV test that was negative that doesn’t mean you don’t need to have a yearly pelvic exam.
And remember that with each new sexual partner your risk of getting HPV increases by 15 percent.
According to the ACOG guidelines for Pap testing women diagnosed with HIV or other diseases or conditions that lower immunity should continue having annual Pap smears after age 30.
One reason is that they tend to “let their guard down” with new sexual partners and avoid using contraception since they are unafraid of getting pregnant.