NOTE: The drop-in Pap program (Wednesdays 4 - 7 p.m.) is temporarily closed. Please contact the Bay Centre for more information.
The Bay Centre for Birth Control has developed a weekly drop-in Pap program available to any woman seeking a Pap test. The program runs on Wednesday evenings from 4 - 7 p.m. A health card is not required, but patients are asked to bring at least one form of identification. The program is staffed by a team of female nurses, ensuring all patients will be seen by a female clinician.
Due to the program being run by nurses, patients are asked to visit the drop-in program only when they are not experiencing any vaginal symptoms that would require the immediate attention of a physician.
Recently updated cervical cancer screening guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario state that anyone with a cervix should have regular Pap tests every three years between age 21 through 70. The term sexually active includes vaginal intercourse, vaginal/oral, and/or vaginal/digital intercourse. Anyone with a cervix, regardless of who they have sex with, need a Pap test (this includes people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or queer) up until age 70. After age 70, people with a cervix who have had three normal Pap tests in the preceding 10 years can stop screening.
For more information on the drop-in Pap program, please contact the Bay Centre for Birth Control at 416-351-3700 or BCBC@wchospital.ca.