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What causes bleeding in between periods? Its not heavy and pap smear and STD tests came out normal.

What causes bleeding in between periods? Its not heavy and pap smear and STD tests came out normal.

Intermenstrual bleed: Bleeding in between periods may be normal in most patients if it if an occasional event. It may be caused by hormonal fluctuations of your body. Polyps and fibroids may also cause spotting. Persistent spotting will need to be checked out. ...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


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Went to Gyno for a pap smear, ultrasound & STD tests. Everything came back negative. He said Im fine & blood is clear but he didnt test for syphilis?

Went to Gyno for a pap smear, ultrasound & STD tests. Everything came back negative. He said Im fine & blood is clear but he didnt test for syphilis?

Probably OK: STD testing often includes syphilis. But in some situations it doesn't matter. Except in special circumstances, syphilis is very rare in most heterosexuals in the US and other industrialized countries, especially at your age of 18. So most likely you aren't at risk. But if you think you're at risk or would like reassurance, it shouldn't be a big deal to be tested. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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

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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Could i get same day STD test results during a pap smear?

Could i get same day STD test results during a pap smear?

Not from the pap: There are some tests than can give you same day std results. But usually the gonorrhea/chlamydia test that is part of many pap smears takes longer to run. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you get a pap smear do they automatically test for stds?

I wanted to know when you get a pap smear do they automatically test for stds?

No: No. If you have a concern about sexually transmitted infections, you need to see your gynecologist and express your concerns. While there are methods for testing paps for stis, this is not done routinely. ...Read more

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It is possible that a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?

It is possible that a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?

Two separate things: A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Getting tested for STDs involves sending separate tests. Doctors and patients often link these items together though so it is best to specifically ask what tests are being done and clarify what tests you would like or do not want. ...Read more

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Went in for STD test, pap smear & bc. I received a letter 21 days later stating all is normal. Does mean i'm in the clear for STD as well?

"all" normal?: If it says "all" normal then i'm assuming that you are negative for the tests that have been performed. You can call the office and check which tests have been done and what those results were. ...Read more

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Is there any other way to test for std's then with a pap smear? If there is how effective is it?

Is there any other way to test for std's then with a pap smear? If there is how effective is it?

PAP not a test for: Stds. Pap may pick up some stds like hpv, trichomonas, herpes etc, but this test is not designed to detect stds. There are specific tests for different stds and depending on the clinical circumstance, your doctor can order specific tests, which may include, blood tests, urine test, and culture. ...Read more

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What causes break through bleeding that stops and starts for a month or more? Last preg test negative and stds test negative and pap smear cleared.

What causes break through bleeding that stops and starts for a month or more? Last preg test negative and stds test negative and pap smear cleared.

Break thru bleeding: If you are on oral birth control you should review with your gyn to change the pill you are taking
If you are not then you still should review with your gyn to have her/him check your hormones ...Read more

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Can a blood test be as reliable as a pap smear test for stds?

Different Tests: A pap smear looks only for hpv - a virus that causes cervical cancer. Other cervical swabs test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis. There is no blood test for those conditions. Other stds do require a blood test such as hepatitis and hiv. ...Read more

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Can a gynecologist test you for STD without telling you, if you came in for routine yearly Pap smear? I am a self pay patient.

Can a gynecologist test you for STD without telling you, if you came in for routine yearly Pap smear? I am a self pay patient.

It could happen: Because almost everybody is supposed to get routine screenings for STD's, it becomes so "normal" to do it for almost all patients that it would be easy for a doctor or nurse to forget to mention that the tests are being done. For example, a nurse might count a patient's pulse without ever saying that she is counting the pulse. ...Read more

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Can just a blood test detect all untreatable std's in women?I don't want my spouse's hymen torn by pap-smear like tests by inserting things into her v

Can just a blood test detect all untreatable std's in women?I don't want my spouse's hymen torn by pap-smear like tests by inserting things into her v

Bad information: Congratulations on your impending marriage. And i'm sorry -- somebody has given you very bad information. Prior to marriage, a blood test for syphilis is all that we need. Nobody's going to culture her cervix without symptoms. This pathologist doesn't think a woman needs a pap smear until she becomes sexually active -- it's not the guideline but it makes sense. And what std is untreatable? ...Read more

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I'm having a Pap smear tomorrow is it a way this can test for STD or HIV I've recently been tested last month but want to retest again just to be sure?

Different test: The Pap Smear and HIV tests are different types of test, but you should be able to get both at your visit. Ask your doctor if the timing is right for a second test. ...Read more

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HiI am 27 and i had a pap smear test and STD test.I am HPV positive but the type is not included in 100 examined types.is it dangerous?

No: The best screening tool for now is your Pap smear which you should do annually for the next 3 years and if it keeps coming negative you can go for once every 3 yrs. Many women under 30 are positive for HPV but they become negative later. ...Read more

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Hi I am 27 and i had a pap smear test and STD test. I am HPV positive but the type is not included in 100 examined types. is it dangerous?

Not usually: Usually the test only is positive in the more dangerous subtypes of virus. But to know exactly what virus it is and how extensive the dysplasia is requires further evaluation such as biopsy. The risk of dying or complications resulting in hysterectomy are very very low with appropriate follow-up..so please follow up promptly with your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Does a blood test for every disease other then just hiv and hep? Will it test for stds and so on? Or does a pap smear only show stds?

Does a blood test for every disease other then just hiv and hep? Will it test for stds and so on? Or does a pap smear only show stds?

No: Lab tests are designed to test for 1 or 2 things each. Some are "test panels", and each item on the panel tests for 1 or 2 things. A doctor and his patient must first decide what things need to be tested for (they should have a good reason for doing each test). Then, those specific tests can be done, and the patient or her insurance company can pay for the tests (some are very expensive). ...Read more

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I got a pap smear & tested for std's & everything came out good I don't have anything my pregnancy test is negative but I still have red discharge why?

I got a pap smear & tested for std's & everything came out good I don't have anything my pregnancy test is negative but I still have red discharge why?

Other things: While it is great to know that this is all okay, many other things can cause abnormal bleeding including cervical irritation, polyps,medications, and illnesses such as thyroid disease and diabetes. See your gynecologist and discuss the problem. A good history and physical exam can guide the diagnostic testing to give you an answer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Not necessarily: A specific HIV test has to be ordered by the doctor. Usually the doctor will inform the patient (or ask permission) before doing an HIV test, so if there was no discussion about it, most likely the test wasn't done. OTOH, everyone tested for STDs should also be tested for HIV, but different doctors and clinics have different policies, however. Call the office and ask directly. ...Read more

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How is HIV/Aids contacted? Does an STD test or pap smear test for it? What are the signs and symptoms?

How is HIV/Aids contacted? Does an STD test or pap smear test for it? What are the signs and symptoms?

No quick answer: Much too complex to answer here, especiallyin HealthTap's 400 character limit. By unprotected vaginal or anal sex, or intimate blood contact like sharing needles for drug use. It isn't diagnosed by routine STD or pap tests; a special HIV test is necessary. Symptoms too many to list, but often none at all until severe AIDS appears. Many online resources; start with CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/ ...Read more

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What do they test for during an obgyn pelvic exam? Pap smear and then they swab for something? Do they check for non-std infections?

Some: The pap smear with ancillary testing is quite useful, not only in evaluating for cancerous and precancerous lesions, but there are also a variety of infections (both sexually and non-sexually transmitted) that can be identified in the pap smear (hpv, trich, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, candida, gonorrhea and chlamydia). However, not all infections can be seen in a pap smear. ...Read more

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Postcoital bleeding over a yr and becoming more frequent, pelvic exam, STD tests, and pap smear all normal, only have bacterial vaginosis, wats wrong?

Postcoital bleeding over a yr and becoming more frequent, pelvic exam, STD tests, and pap smear all normal, only have bacterial vaginosis, wats wrong?

Cervicitis?: Spotting after sex often means inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) or cervical ectopy, a common condition on birth control pills or other hormone contraception. It can be gonorrhea or chlamydia, but these would show up on standard STD tests. Sometimes a uterine problem. Keep working with your doctor; it should be possible to find an explanation and perhaps treatment, e.g. cervical cautery. ...Read more

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Can a STD or STI cause a abnormal Pap smear ?

Can a STD or STI cause a abnormal Pap smear ?

Definitely yes: Abnormal pap smears are usually the result of cervical cells infected with a virus (human papilloma virus) that alters its machinery so it can produce more viruses. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear detected any STD infections ?

Yes.: A pap smear can detect the presence of
human papilloma virus infections, the
presence of trichomonas and possible
herpes infections. ...Read more

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Can std's like HIV be picked up in a pap smear exam?

No: Pap test is not designed to test for hiv. Some stds, e.g., herpes infection may show up in pap, but one needs specific tests for each type of stds. ...Read more

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Is HIV and STDs checked when doctors do a pap smear?

Is HIV and STDs checked when doctors do a pap smear?

As I understand, : ...Patients older than 30 get hpv dna testing when they get their pap but to my knowledge, no other std is routinely tested. Maybe one of my gyn health tap colleagues knows more. ...Read more

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How will my obgyn retest me for std's? Is it just like another Pap smear?

How will my obgyn retest me for std's? Is it just like another Pap smear?

STD: By blood test & vaginal swab for cultures & microscopic exam . I hope that help. ...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


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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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