In Your 3os

Now is the time to create a strong foundation to protect your health into the future.

These are guidelines only. Your doctor or nurse will personalize the timing of each test to meet your specific healthcare needs.

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General health

  • Full checkup — Including weight and height.
  • Sleep habits — Discuss at your annual exam.
  • Thyroid (TSH) test —Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
  • HIV screening — Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles).

Heart health

  • Blood pressure test — At least every two years.
  • Cholesterol panel — Total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides; discuss with your doctor or nurse.


  • 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 health

  • Breast self-exam —Become familiar with your breasts so you can identify any changes and discuss with your doctor or nurse.
  • Clinical breast exam — At least every three years.

Reproductive health

  • Pap test — At least every three years.
  • Pelvic exam — Yearly.
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests —Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Get a chlamydia test yearly if you have new or multiple partners.

Mental health screening

  • Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Eye and ear health

  • Comprehensive eye exam — Discuss with your doctor.
  • Hearing test — Every 10 years.

Skin health

  • Skin exam— Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your doctor or nurse.

Oral health

  • Dental cleaning and exam— Every 12-24 months; discuss with your dentist.


  • Seasonal influenza vaccine— Yearly.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster vaccine— Every 10 years.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — 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

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