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Do Pap Smears Hurt
Usually: Usually the virus is not looked for unless your pap is abnormal. If it is abnormal, the lab I use will do what is called reflex testing for the presence or absence of the hpv virus. If your pap is normal, at his time, there is no recommended treatment for simply having the presence of the virus so unless there are visible lesions or an abnormal pap there is no further action necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Here is a good article on the guidelines for your reference. http://www.acog.org/about_acog/news_room/news_releases/2012/ob-gyns_recommend_women_wait_3_to_5_years_between_pap_tests. ...Read more
Colposcopy Saves you: Yes. Of course. The ability to stop and prevent cervical cancer is a major advancement in female health. Catching the changes that hpv can cause that lead to cancer is a miracle. Do not miss out on the miracle. Get your cervix examined and lick this potential health problem early. ...Read more
Depends: If they all have been normal/negative you should get them every 3-5 years depending on how your doctor sends it. (if they send a co-test, which looks at cells and checks for hpv, you only need it every 5 years). If you have had an abnormal pap, you'll need it more often. What is your history? ...Read more
I don't know: Are you referring to an anal pap smear? We generally don't do anal hpv tests, just pap smears, and since hpv causes anal cancer but not colon cancer, i can't think of a reason to do a colonoscopy. On the other hand, you're almost 50 years old, when it's recommended anyway to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more
Mild inflammatory pap smear, negative on dysplastic cells. Should I worry? Doc prescribed antibiotics. When to repeat pap smear test again?
Prfobably neg.: Pap smears are important in detecting premalignant cells that are in the process of converting to malignancy. The test however is only 40-50% accurate. Along with the cell analysis , routine HPV testing is done which when positive only suggests the potential for malignancy developing. I would repeat the test in 6 months and if inflammation seen, bx may be indicated. ...Read more
I have colposcopy positive cin1 results, now what? Do they have to do colposcopy again if positive hpv/neg pap again?
Regular follow-up: Cin 1 generally requires regular yearly follow-up pap smears to ensure that the lesion is not getting worse. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more
Your doctor: Has to specfically test for an std, if a pap is done without std testing , it would not show up gc and chly can be done with the pap smear brush or by separate culture, when u go for your next pap u can tell the doc u want std testing or if u already had your pap u can go back for std cultures. ...Read more
Vaccine postpartum: You may be a candidate for the HPV vaccine after completion of your pregnancy. Depending on the abnormality of your pap smear, a follow up repeat pap is usually done at your 6 week postpartum visit. Often times abnormal pap smears during pregnancy will have regular results on follow up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pap tests and HPV: The pap test for cervical cancer is very good when done regularly, but sometimes the findings are not certain for either benign or a possible pre-cancer. ASCUS is this atypical uncertain zone. So an immediate (reflex) HPV test then can tell which of these patients are most likely to need more urgent follow-up to make a dx, usually by colposcopy and biopsy.ASCUS w/ neg HPV means very low risk of ca ...Read more
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