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A 23-year-old female asked:

I am 23 years old and haven't had intercourse yet. do i still need to see a gynecologist for an annual pap smear?

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Dr. Rebecca Burdette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: The guidelines state that screening Pap smears should start at the age of 21. You can discuss with your gynecologist about whether you can wait. However, the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can be transmitted with out penetration. Additionally, the annual exam is more than just a Pap; e.g., the vulvar exam is also looking for abnormalities that are not sexually related.
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