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If you haven't been having any type of sexual inrecourse do you still have to get a pap smear?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Good question

Yes. A pap smear helps with the general health maintenance of a woman, not just for sexually transmitted diseases.

In brief: Good question

Yes. A pap smear helps with the general health maintenance of a woman, not just for sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Michael Klein
I am not sure I agree here, unless the word "pap smear" refers to a pelvic exam in general. The only purpous of the Pap smear itself is to evaluate for cervical cancer/hpv infection. I am not sure it would help with any orther health maintenance
Dr. Christopher Powers
Disagree. A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer, 100% of which is caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), 100% of which is sexually transmitted. No sex, no HPV, no cancer. Therefore, if you are a virgin, the Pap isn't necessary. The Pap is not synonymous with a gyn annual. The breast exam, the pelvic exam, the bimanual exam are all important to health maintenance..
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No you don't

However it is a good idea to get the hpv vaccine because you you never know.
One day you might become sexually active and your partner may have acquired an hpv infection without even knowing it. You will be fully protected after the vaccine and continue not to require pap smears. Hopefully, one day all young people will get the hpv vaccine and pap smears can become a thing of the past.

In brief: No you don't

However it is a good idea to get the hpv vaccine because you you never know.
One day you might become sexually active and your partner may have acquired an hpv infection without even knowing it. You will be fully protected after the vaccine and continue not to require pap smears. Hopefully, one day all young people will get the hpv vaccine and pap smears can become a thing of the past.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Short answer: no

Pap smears are often recommended to start at age 21.
. Medically there is no reason to get a pap if one has truly not had any sexual intercourse or sexual contact where the hpv virus could spread. The ideal time to start screening would be 2-3 years after the first sexual contact to give the body time to clear the virus on its on. Annual visits to discuss other part of your health are still imp't.

In brief: Short answer: no

Pap smears are often recommended to start at age 21.
. Medically there is no reason to get a pap if one has truly not had any sexual intercourse or sexual contact where the hpv virus could spread. The ideal time to start screening would be 2-3 years after the first sexual contact to give the body time to clear the virus on its on. Annual visits to discuss other part of your health are still imp't.
Dr. Michael Klein
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