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Will a pap smear be negative if you have hpv?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Sometimes

If the hpv virus does not change the cellular content of the pap smear then it will be reported as negative even though it was present.
Many pap labs now also report the presence and typing of the hpv on pap smears.

In brief: Sometimes

If the hpv virus does not change the cellular content of the pap smear then it will be reported as negative even though it was present.
Many pap labs now also report the presence and typing of the hpv on pap smears.
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