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A 24-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when a pap comes back saying cellular changes associated with inflammation are present ? chlamydia, gon & hpv negative.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Pap inflammation: Pap smears often show inflammation. The cause usually isn't clear -- little research has been done. However, STDs probably are rare. For sure it's not HPV, which doesn't cause inflammation. If you're at risk for STD, you need testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia; the pap smear doesn't help diagnose them at all.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Agree with Dr. H: Follow your doctor's advise regarding repeat PAP tests at intervals recommended by your doctor. Get HPV vaccine. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Wish you good health!

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