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Are abnormal pap smear and HPV the same thing?

Are abnormal pap smear and HPV the same thing?

Almost: Iy is estimated that over 98% of abnormal paps are caused by hpv and over 99% of cervical cancers are caused by hpv. The pap smear is looking at the cervical cells, hpv is the virus that can infect and affect those cells. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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What is endocervical cells? I've done with my routine pap smear test, and this 2times of my results stated endocervical cells are present.

What is endocervical cells? I've done with my routine pap smear test, and this 2times of my results stated endocervical cells are present.

Endocervical cells: These cells line the innermost portion of the cervix and are normal. The endocervical canal leads to the endometrial cavity. ...Read more

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Will a pap smear show if there are abnormal cells of the cervix?

Will a pap smear show if there are abnormal cells of the cervix?

Yes: Yes, a pap smear is a routine screening test recommended for all females of certain age groups. During a pap smear, your physician swabbed your cervix and has sent the specimen to the pathologist who will assess for the presence of any abnormal cells. Speak to your doctor about the test results. ...Read more

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What strains of HPV are looked for in pap smears? How soon after exposure to HPV would one have an abnormal pap?

Pap smear: Pap smear looks for effects of hpv not strains of hpv. It depends on the strain and your immune status. It is usually years to see dysplasia develop. ...Read more

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PAP and a HPV test together what is the differents if my HPV is Negative waiting on the Dr to read my pap will my Pap be Negative also.. Nerveous?

PAP and a HPV test together what is the differents if my HPV is Negative waiting on the Dr to read my pap will my Pap be Negative also.. Nerveous?

HPV negative is good: The HPV can be very helpful. If the HPV is negative the Pap is also likely to be negative or "atypical" at worst, and nothing further need be done. There is ongoing discussion about using HPV for screening and skipping the pap, although that is not standard of care at this time. ...Read more

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With an abnormal pap smear what are the signs of advanced cervical cancer?

See doctor: Until there is a biopsy done and evaluated with a microscope, no one will know if you have cancer, advanced or not. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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If had leep& the next pap is abnormal does that mean doc didn't remove all precancerous cells?If the next 2paps are abnormal should have 2nd leep done

If had leep& the next pap is abnormal does that mean doc didn't remove all precancerous cells?If the next 2paps are abnormal should have 2nd leep done

Depends: The repeat paps are to determine if there are abnormal cells. It is possible that not all the abnormal cells were removed with the leep, but it is more likely that the problem has recurred - that is why you must have continued follow-up. The recurrence risk for moderate and severe dysplasia is as high as 50%. ...Read more

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Are all gential warts the HPV virus? Do results show on a pap test? Are they all incurable?

Are all gential warts the HPV virus? Do results show on a pap test? Are they all incurable?

Warts: All genitals warts are hpv and they're all incurable. Certain strains can cause cervical cancer so be careful! no matter how good the sex is, it's not worth dying over. Hpv won't show up on a pap smear but precancerous or cancerous changes will. ...Read more

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Hpv and precancerous cells in pap test if i tested positive for one of the strains of HPV that is preventable by the vaccine and did the pap test and the doctor said I have precancerous cells, can this be something that can go away on its own? I was told

Hpv and precancerous cells in pap test if i tested positive for one of the strains of HPV that is preventable by the vaccine and did the pap test and the doctor said I have precancerous cells, can this be something that can go away on its own? I was told

Based : Based on your results, your doctor will make recommendations. Often times, a pap smear will reveal abnormal cells and a repeat test will be done in 6 months to see if the next result turns out normal. However, if you have confirmed precancerous cells, these will not go away on their own. More than likely, they may spread. Your doctor can perform minimally invasive procedures such as colposcopy to remove the cells and prevent spreading. Vitamin c is not typically a remedy for clearing pre-cancerous cells. ...Read more

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What std test are usually done along with a Pap smear?

STD screening: At age 18, pap smears aren't recommended. But yearly screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea is recommended until age 26. Once a woman reaches age 21, we do a pap smear along with the chlamydia and gonorrhea screening. Once a woman reaches age 30, we add high-risk HPV screening to her pap smear. ...Read more

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If my pap smear states I have stage four cancer, what are the exact abbreviations that are used on the results form?

If my pap smear states I have stage four cancer, what are the exact abbreviations that are used on the results form?

Screening: Current terminology for pap smears most commonly include atyical squamous cells, lsil and hsil (low or high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions). A cancer diagnosis is based on a biopsy and cervical cancer staging is based on a surgical evaluation. The pap is screening only--it does not provide a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does HPV automatically mean cancer in the future? Is it a lifetime disease? What are other causes for an abnormal pap besides chlamydia?

Does HPV automatically mean cancer in the future? Is it a lifetime disease? What are other causes for an abnormal pap besides chlamydia?

Relationship complex: Hpv does not automatically mean cancer. The relationship between cancer formation & hpv infection is complex, as there are many subtypes of hpv: some carry a high risk of cancer, while others do not. Most hpv infections are lifelong, making vaccination an important part of the public health discussion. For a list of conditions that could result in an abnormal pap smear, see the link below. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more