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Friday, December 28, 2007

Free Pap Day!

I still have a couple of girlfriends who refuse to get an annual pap test. I can't say I blame them — the scratchy paper gown, the speculum cranking you wide open, the cotton swab scraping your insides. Sounds like a good time, right? But, we HAVE to do it. This simple procedure once a year can prevent a multitude of more complicated procedures down the line by detecting problems early — especially cervical cancer.

At least one of my friends doesn't make a big effort to see her gyno because she's currently uninsured — and I'm willing to bet a lot of women are in the same boat. Luckily, Maitri Health Care for Women in Burlington is taking action. To honor Allison Hicks, a cervical cancer survivor and founder of the Hicks Foundation, Maitri is holding its 2nd Annual Free Pap Day for the Uninsured on Saturday, January 12. By making an appointment, uninsured patients can get a free pap test and also learn about HPV and the new HPV vaccine called Gardisil — they're giving out the vaccine for free to girls ages 9-18, too.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Maitri Health Care for Women at 802-862-7338.

Here's to a safe and healthy New Year,

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