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My pap test was reported as a false negative. What does that mean?

My pap test was reported as a false negative. What does that mean?

May be positive: A false negative test means the patient actually is positive for some abnormality, even though the test showed it was negative. You should call your doctor to see if you need a repeat pap smear to confirm the results. ...Read more

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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


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If i take azithromycin 3 days before getting a pap test will that make chlamydia come up as a false negative due to the antibiotic in my system?

If i take azithromycin 3 days before getting a pap test will that make chlamydia come up as a false negative due to the antibiotic in my system?

Yes, possibly: Chlamydia tests usually remain positive for several days after treatment, but it might turn negative as soon as 3 days. Unless the azithromycin treatment is urgent, best to delay treatment until the chlamydia test is done. Or speak with the doctor or clinic about self collecting your chlamydia test now (vaginal swab or urine). The specimen will still be good if kept in a refrigerator for 3 days. ...Read more

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My pap test result was a "false positive." what does this mean?

My pap test result was a "false positive." what does this mean?

Abnormal: To say that a test is a false positive, signifies that your pap test was normal and incorrectly reported as abnormal. You should see your physician for clarification. ...Read more

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When HPV leaves the body & Pap test is negative, does it mean it's 100% gone? Or is it dormant? How is detected and assured that it's gone completely?

When HPV leaves the body & Pap test is negative, does it mean it's 100% gone? Or is it dormant? How is detected and assured that it's gone completely?

Continue Pap screen: HPV is not something you need to worry about unless it causes dysplasia (precancerous lesions) which you will catch early if you do your regular Pap screening. Once you're negative for the virus, avoid unprotected sex with potentially infected men ...Read more

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Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

No effect on test: The pap smear takes cell samples from your cervix, which is the bottom part of the uterus. Any debris in the vagina is separate from the inner canal of the cervix. If you still have concerns, please speak honestly with the gynecologist / primary care doctor performing this exam. He /she will work to answer questions and give you great healthcare. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch Gonorrhoea from a toilet back splash in a hospital? Or is it possible to get a false negative for Gonorrhoea on a Pap smear?

Is it possible to catch Gonorrhoea from a toilet back splash in a hospital? Or is it possible to get a false negative for Gonorrhoea on a Pap smear?

No and Huh?: No you cannot get gonorrhea from a toilet back splash. It is sexually transmitted from one warm moist genital or oral place to another. Huh!Gonorrhea testing is usually NOT done from a pap smear but a special culture media. ...Read more

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If my Pap smear indicates LSIL but my hpv test was negative, does it mean I still have hpv?

It could: These are too different things. LGSIL means that abnormal cells were seen on the pap smear. Your HPV test looked for specific types of High risk HPV. It does not test for all kinds of HPV. Regardless the management is the same. The next step is a microscope exam of the cervix called a Colposcopy. ...Read more

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My cervical pap smear test report is negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy with sever inflammatory smear dr. Plz say about treatment?

My cervical pap smear test report is negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy with sever inflammatory smear dr. Plz say about treatment?

Your GYN can help: There is nothing to worry about. You may need a short course of antibiotics in case there is vaginal infection(ask your gynecologist about it. But the main purpose of pap is to make sure you do not have cancer of the cervix or precancer conditions caused by hpv. In that regard you should be happy that it is all well. ...Read more

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What do abnormal pap test results mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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What does sprcs mean on pap test results?

What does sprcs mean on pap test results?

Not a standard abb.: Sprcs is not a standard abbreviation used on pap smears. If yiou can get a full copy of the report and post it for us, we could help. ...Read more

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What do benign reactive changes in pap test mean?

What do benign reactive changes in pap test mean?

Nothing to worry abo: If the changes are benign, that means there is no sign of cancer .So you can relax and be happy. Reactive does not mean anything special...So you can ignore it. ...Read more

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My pap test results were slightly abnormal what can this mean and is it serious?

Pap smear: Abnormalities are common , mild ones , like atypical cells of undetermined significance usually clear up on their own, can be related to inflammation. Other higher grade lesions are commonly associated with hpv and can be treated at the gynecologist's office. Your physician will probably have you repeat the pap smear to make sure the abnormality has cleared up. Take care! ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have a pap test that comes back showing abnormal cells?

Depends "abnormal": There is a wide range of abnormal pap smear results. Some tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. Since "abnormal" can mean so many things, you should ask your doctor specifically what it showed. ...Read more

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I was just told I had an abnormal pap test. What does it mean to have mildly abnormal dysplasia cells?

Common problem: Mild dysplasia is one of the first stages of abnormality to occur when a cervix is infected by hpv (human papiloma virus). This is a common probem and fortunately the body can often clear it by itself. While dysplasia can progress from mild to worse, this is easily treated and most therapy involves monitoring any changes and treating them if the get worse. Trust your OB and don't worry. ...Read more

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Do abnormal pap test results mean cancer?

Do abnormal pap test results mean cancer?

No: There are multiple grades and types of abnormalities detected on pap. You should discuss the results with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does ASCUS mean? I got those results on a recent Pap test.

What does ASCUS mean? I got those results on a recent Pap test.

Positive pap: Ascus means Abnormal Scuamoqus Cell of Uncertain Source . It douse not mean you have cancer . But your doctor should look for a cause for this abnormality such as looking for HPV - human Papiloma virus , which could be the precursor for Cervical cancer . Most of the time a repeat pap is normal or negative . ...Read more

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If you have a regular pap test that comes back negative, can you still have hpv?

If you have a regular pap test that comes back negative, can you still have hpv?

Testing for HPV: Yes, a normal pap does not mean that you do not have hpv. Ideally all pap smears would test the cervical sample for all abnormalities including infections and viruses. Most pap smear analysis is screened only for "high grade" hpv types. A negative pap might have a low-risk hpv infection or the sample might have not been sufficient. Please go to: http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/hpv/pap/ its the best site. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have mixed bacteria on your pap test? Is that good or bad bacteria?

Pap: Normal vaginal flora consists of many different bacteria. The pap smear looks for abnormal cells. There is no need to worry unless abnormal cells are seen. ...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