In Your 20s
Now is the time to find out what makes you feel happy, healthy and strong.
These are guidelines only. Your doctor or nurse will personalize the timing of each test to meet your specific healthcare needs.
- Full checkup — Including weight and height.
- Sleep habits — Discuss at your annual exam.
- HIV screening — Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (Unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles).
- Sunscreen — Wear sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer.
- Blood pressure — At least every two years.
- Blood glucose or A1c test — Get screened if you have sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, take medicine for high blood pressure, or are at risk for developing diabetes.
- Breast self-exam — Become familiar with your breasts so you can identify any changes and discuss with your healthcare provider.
- Clinical breast exam — Every three years.
- Pelvic exam — Yearly, beginning at age 21.
- Pap test — At least every three years.
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests — Both partners should be tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Get a chlamydia test yearly if you have new or multiple partners.
- Folic acid supplement — Daily.
- Discuss with your healthcare provider.
Oral, Eye & Ear Health
- Dental cleaning and exam — Semiannual exam & cleaning.
- Comprehensive eye exam — Baseline vision exam.
- Hearing test — Every 10 years.
- Skin exam — Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your healthcare provider.
- Seasonal influenza vaccine — Yearly.
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster vaccine — Every 10 years.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — Up to age 26, if your vaccine series is incomplete, discuss with your doctor or nurse
- Meningococcal vaccine — Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are a college student or military recruit.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention