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Abnormal Pap Smear
Mar 2, 2001

I just got a call from my doctor about a pap smear coming back abnormal and they think it is a virus can you tell me about other viruses and symptoms or can it just be AIDS

Response from Dr. Dezube

I'd be better able to answer this question if I knew whether you are referring to a cervical Pap smear or an anal Pap smear. In both cases, abnormal Pap smears are often caused by the human papillomavirus. Although abnormal Pap smears are more common in HIV'ers than in patients who are not infected by HIV, an abnormal Pap smear does NOT represent an HIV infection or AIDS in any way. In fact, most patients with abnormal PAP smears do NOT have HIV infection. Since abnormal Pap smears can be a sign of pre-cancer, it is VERY important that you follow up with your health care provider who will almost certainly perform further examinations depending upon the nature of the abnormal Pap smear. Good luck.


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