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Sexual Activity Before Pap Smear
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
21 and sexually active with one person only. Should i be worried and a get a pap smear? Never have done it before.
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?
Yes: You can. However it really is not recommended and not needed. The papsmear screens for cervical cancer. However there are many false positives (tests looks abnormal when it is really fine) and that leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful biopsies and surgeries on the cervix. That is why papsmears are usually not done at an early age. Better to get the hpv vaccine or tested for infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Now: Now.Not an emergency,but make plans to have it done. ...Read more