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A 27-year-old female asked:

Had a pap smear 3 weeks ago. hpv was negative, pap smear was normal and gonorrhea and chlamydia came back negative. trich still says pending 3 weeks later. does a lab usually take that long? i was negative 6 months ago and have not switched partners.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lab Trich result: Some labs do take an inordinate amount of time to give a report on Trichomonas, however, if your MD or you had those concerns a wet mount/prep could have been done at the initial examination to look for the organism under the microscope. The negative Trich result from 6 months ago has no bearing as there may have been many episodes of intercourse since then and all it takes is one outside contact.
Dr. Jennifer Austin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Trich testing: Trichomonas does not usually take that long. You might want to call the lab to see if the sample was adequate to test for trich. The in-office microscopic exam takes less than 1 minute if you are specifically concerned about trich.

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