A 15-year-old female asked:
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can a 15 year old get a pap smear if she is sexually active?

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Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience Fertility Medicine
Yes: You can. However it really is not recommended and not needed. The papsmear screens for cervical cancer. However there are many false positives (tests looks abnormal when it is really fine) and that leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful biopsies and surgeries on the cervix. That is why papsmears are usually not done at an early age. Better to get the hpv vaccine or tested for infections.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Pap smear: A pap smear is not recommended until the age of 21 even if sexually active because even if infected a young person clears the hpv.
Answered on May 24, 2017
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