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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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A 34-year-old member asked:

What do abnormal pap results mean?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Papilloma Virus.: A sample of the cervix is taken during a pelvic exam and smeared on a glass slide to be viewed under the microscope. If the cells look abnormal then they are graded and reported as abnormal. The abnomality is usually caused by a papilloma virus infection and might lead to the development of cervical cancer.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who should get pap tests and how often?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Women: Women 21 - 30 ned a pap test yearly. Over 30, you need them every 3 years as long as you have had 3 normal pap smears in 3 years. If not, you need them yearly for 3 years then every 3 years once they are normal.
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A 18-year-old member asked:

Does family doctors do papsmere?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Yes: Yes they are trained to know how to do it. Some male practitioners may opt to refer ladies to a gyn for the pap ( wellness peogram) or to a lady dr.
A member asked:

Is it mandatory to get a pepsmere every year ?

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Dr. Charles Crabbe
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
To Pap or Not to Pap: Yearly pap smear is not recommended in any country in the world including the U.S. In a few hi risk individuals with hpv infection, it may be warranted. The first pap starts after age 21 or 2 yrs after the onset of sexual intercourse and continues into the 50's. Most countries recommend paps every 3-5 years in average risk patients. There is no evidence yearly paps prevent more cancers.
A member asked:

I just checked my record and I have an abnormal papsmear but haven't been told anything could there be a mistake?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Pap smear: Your ob/gyn would be your best bet for exlaining the results.

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