About Us

What's Your PAP Date is the brainchild of Sabrina H. Lonzo, an artist, textile designer and a woman. Sabrina designed the teal and white collection a few years ago because she felt passionate about creating awareness for cervical cancer. And although Sabrina has never been diagnosed with cervical cancer, she had a history of fibroid tumors that caused her excruciating pain for nearly a year.

The pain was followed by excessive bleeding that caused her to get iron fusions and recommended blood transfusions by her doctor. At 49 years old, she opted for iron fusions. The doctors tried to control the bleeding with birth control pills until she developed a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in her lung, a few months later. Birth control pills were no longer an option. She then opted for a total hysterectomy. What's her PAP Date? August 25, 2022.

"Having a PAP smear is so hidden; it's not something that's talked about, "said Sabrina. "My goal is to take the PAP out of the shadows and shine a spotlight on how important it is for females to get PAP smears."

Having a PAP smear is still the first line of defense for early detection of possible cervical cancer. Testing should start at 25 years of age for females, and continue every 3 years. According to Cancer.org, females over 65 "who have had regular cervical cancer testing in the past 10 years with normal (or "negative") results should not be tested for cervical cancer. The most recent test should be within the past 3 to 5 years. Those with a history of serious cervical precancer should continue to be tested for at least 25 years after that diagnosis, even if testing goes past age 65." Women who have had a hysterectomy do not need to test if the cervix and uterus has been removed. Females who have had the HPV vaccine should still get tested with a PAP smear for their age group.