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Frequency Of Pap Smears
Recommended: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal pap smear. Tested positive for hpv. Follow up pap smear almost 2 years later. No results yet. What are my risks of cervical cancer?
We do not guess: You are asking for physicians to guess. That does not happen. Let's see what your results are and then deal with them rationally. ...Read more
Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For good health- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Follow doctor advice: You probably mean the test shows you are infected with a "high risk" type of HPV (not that you are at high risk of catching it). "High risk" means it could cause cancer. But don't worry -- the vast majority of cervical HPV infections, even with high risk types, don't progress to cancer. However, you must follow your doctor's advice about possible treatment and follow-up testing. ...Read more
In situ Ca: Pap smears define the presence of cells that have been curetted or shed from the cervix. The test which is about 60% accurate defines early malignancy where there is no cervical bleeding or lesion seen on colposcopy. Abnormal cells require biopsy to see if in situ cervix ca is developing. ...Read more
Pap smear showed mild abnormal changes. hpv since 2006. Normal paps from 2006 until now. Only light spotting between period Cancer or hpv symptom?
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
Not normal: Generally it is considered abnormal when that happens - it should be investigated. ...Read more