This week, the Pap test is set to take a major step toward providing a definitive test for Pap smears in Ontario, a province that already has one of the most rigorous vaccination requirements in the country.
But there’s more to the story.
The test is still a work in progress, and some parts of it are being adjusted to better reflect what’s happening in Quebec.
That could change the way in which Pap tests are administered in Quebec, which is expected to have the highest vaccination rates in Canada.
Here are five things to know about the Pap smear in Ontario.
What is the Pap Smear?
A Pap smear is a test designed to detect any infection that’s not the result of an infection in the cervix.
In Ontario, that includes: HPV infections, cervical cancer, and the HPV16 and HPV18 strains.
HPV16 can cause a variety of side effects, including cancers, infertility, and infertility.
HPV18 is more common in the U.S. and can cause cervical cancer.
Both HPV types are spread through sexual activity, and there is a correlation between the two.
If you have any of the following symptoms, your Pap test should detect an HPV infection: a sore or red spot on your cervix