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Should A Virgin Get A Pap Smear
Depends on her age: Current guidelines recommend that women get their first pap at the age of 21, even if they are sexually active prior to that. Exceptions (where it should be obtained before 21) are if the female is HIV positive, or on chronic immunosuppressive therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle, lupus) or after organ transplantation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Guidelines: There are various guidelines that recommend that pap smears begin after first intercourse or age 21, whichever comes first. I've never understood what kind of sense this makes. If a pap smear can be obtained easily and without discomfort or injury, then there's no harm. Your physician's your best guide. ...Read more
Yes: Majority of women who get cervical cancer have hpv infection, which is transmitted by sexual intercourse. However, a small percentage of women are not infected. Therefore, regardless of sexual orientation or whether a virgin or not, all women should get regular pap tests starting at age 21. Be smart and protect yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get a pap smear being a virgin? I have irregular periods and need to see a gyn. What should I do?
There are other...: ...Causes of cervical cancer, besides hpv. Both the american cancer society and the the american college of obstetricians & gynecologists recommend that all women have an initial pap smear by the age of 21, regardless of whether or not they've had sexual intercourse. How often you have them after that will depend on when you do become sexually active. ...Read more
Life saving for some: 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
If needed: Depending on age at which sexual activity began and whether partner was circumcised the potential for having early cervix cancer is strong. Removal of foreskin minimizes growth of HIV and HPV. In Africa the largest instances of mortality under 20 yrs. of age are in females dying of cervix cancer. An initial Pap can rule out early transformation of cervical cells. ...Read more
Need more info: Depending on when your last pap was and if you ever have had any abnormal pap smears, you may need one. If they have all been normal (or negative) you only need it every 3-5 years depending on which version your doc sends. ...Read more
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