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JUST ONE QUESTION, THANK YOU
Apr 13, 2004

Hi, although im a guy, a 20 year old male from Mexico City, I do have one doubt regarding women and HIV:

1. What role does the Pap Smear ( i think thats its english name, in spanish its callled "papanicolau" ) play in the detection of the HIV virus in women?? What i know is that during this test only a vaginal revision is done but no blood test is performed unless the doctor prescribes it.

Thank you very much. Im looking forward to recieve an answer and be better informed about this subject. Once again, THANKS!

Response from Dr. Lee

The pap smear is used to detect abnormal cells from the cervix. It is not a test for HIV. Women who have abnormal pap smears are generally at higher risk for HIV disease. But, a specific blood (or now saliva) test is necessary to detect HIV.

Be well.


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