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A 34-year-old member asked:

Do all women need pap tests annually?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Can do every 3 years: At least once a yaer for every year starting at age 20 or when you start sexual activity is the standard recommendation. It you get two consecutive negative annual pap smears, then you can repeat the test every three years.
Dr. Ronald De la Pena
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
No: Start with onset of sex then depending on results of pap every 1-3 yrs until 70. Start over if you have a new consort, or if he does.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do all women need pap tests?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
All with uterus need: The pap test is a screen for cancer cells on the uterine cervix. This can detect very early pre-cancerous lesions. Unless a woman has had a hysterectomy, which means there is no longer a cervix, an annual pap smear can be life saving.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Why would women need to have pap tests after a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine 43 years experience
They don't: The cervix is removed during hysterectomy so there is nothing to sample for a pap smear. They still require periodic exams because they still can get ovarian and vaginal cancers.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Who all does not need regular pap tests?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
W/2 consec neg Paps: At least once a yaer for every year starting at age 20 or when you start sexual activity is the standard recommendation. It you get two consecutive negative annual pap smears, then you can repeat the test every three years.

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