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A 24-year-old female asked:

1) can long term yeast infection cause pelvic inflammatory disease? 2) normal pap smear results means no hpv? 1st time having brown discharge/light bleeding after sex. it was also painful. 2mths ago pap smear result was normal. what test do i need?

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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 35 years experience
You need to see your Gyn for proper assessment . yeast infection is not the usual cause of PID. Pap smear is for abnormal cells in the cervix.
Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection and is not caused by yeast. HPV testing is often done and reported with the Pap but is a separate test. You need to clarify if that was done but you will not need another pap for at least a year. The brown discharge/light bleeding and the pain sounds like the sex was somewhat traumatic. No testing needs to be done unless the symptoms recur.

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