A 39-year-old member asked:
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do i need to get a pap smear before i'm 21?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
If needed: Depending on age at which sexual activity began and whether partner was circumcised the potential for having early cervix cancer is strong. Removal of foreskin minimizes growth of HIV and HPV. In Africa the largest instances of mortality under 20 yrs. of age are in females dying of cervix cancer. An initial Pap can rule out early transformation of cervical cells.
Answered on May 5, 2015

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Dr. Thomas Wolski Jr
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Depends on her age: Current guidelines recommend that women get their first pap at the age of 21, even if they are sexually active prior to that. Exceptions (where it sho ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vinod Shidham
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Annual is best.: Many guidelines are recommended (sadly recommends less frequent that annual pap to avoid overtreatment). If you can afford (and prevent overtreatme ... Read More
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Dr. Denise Elser
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Depends: Most recommend you start monitoring after the initiation of sexual activity.If there is no exposure before 21, there is no specific need. Use of the h ... Read More

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