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Are abnormal pap smear and HPV the same thing?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Almost

Iy is estimated that over 98% of abnormal paps are caused by hpv and over 99% of cervical cancers are caused by hpv.
The pap smear is looking at the cervical cells, hpv is the virus that can infect and affect those cells.

In brief: Almost

Iy is estimated that over 98% of abnormal paps are caused by hpv and over 99% of cervical cancers are caused by hpv.
The pap smear is looking at the cervical cells, hpv is the virus that can infect and affect those cells.
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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes and no

You can have a mildly abnormal pap smear (ascus) and it can still be hpv negative.
We generally treat this result the same as a normal pap smear. Other abnormal pap smears are usually designated as hpv positive. Most classifications of abnormal pap smears are the result of an hpv infection.

In brief: Yes and no

You can have a mildly abnormal pap smear (ascus) and it can still be hpv negative.
We generally treat this result the same as a normal pap smear. Other abnormal pap smears are usually designated as hpv positive. Most classifications of abnormal pap smears are the result of an hpv infection.
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