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

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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Geisler
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
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