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How common is cervical cancer for a 25 year old who has never had a pap smear? I have engaged in sexual activity but have not had intercourse.

How common is cervical cancer for a 25 year old who has never had a pap smear? I have engaged in sexual activity but have not had intercourse.

Uncommon: Most cervical cancers are due to infection with a virus, human papiloma virus (hpv) which is usually acquired through sexual intercourse. Oral sex can transmit hpv and using condom is not protective either. You are too young to have cervical cancer, but i would strongly urge you to seek care for preventive services, including hpv vaccine, though you may have missed the recommended age for vaccine. ...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 you have a normal pap smear, can you have an abnormal one 3 years later if you haven't been sexually active since then?

If you have a normal pap smear, can you have an abnormal one 3 years later if you haven't been sexually active since then?

Absolutely: Hpv, once introduced, will continue present and can cause premalignant and worse changes even if a person is abstinent. Please get with your physician for proper followup. ...Read more

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Can a 15 year old get a pap smear if she is sexually active?

Pap smear: A pap smear is not recommended until the age of 21 even if sexually active because even if infected a young person clears the hpv. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a pap smear if i'm not sexually active?

Yes: Even if you're not sexually active, as long as you have a cervix, you're susceptible to cervical cancer. You should have the pap smear done. It's quick, painless, and could save you a whole lot of pain and suffering down the road. ...Read more

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I'm 20 and am not sexually active, do I need to get a pap smear when i turn 21?

Females and Doctors: You may not need a pap smear but a pelvic exam is wise. Getting used to regular health care, gathering information about your body and health from a physician can be a valuable part of your healthy life. And, you must get the gardisil vaccine. Please do not miss this vital vaccination. ...Read more

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Can i have a pap smear even if i'm only 20 yrs old but have been sexually active?

PAP: Absolutely, you really need to have one done. The PAP smear is a test where a brush is used to collect cells from the surface of the cervix. These cells are examined by a pathologist and cytology technologist who look for atypical or malignant cells. A PAP smear can save your life. See you doctor. ...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