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Guidelines for Pap test in HIV+ woman
Sep 29, 2004

I have seen conflicting information on scheduling frequency for Pap test. Every 6 months or annually for those with normal results, which is teh recommendation? thank you

Response from Dr. Lee

Pap smears test for cancer and pre-cancer of the cervix. Cancer of the cervix is thought to be caused by a progressive infection with human papilloma virus. So, like other infections that get worse with lower t-cell counts, the likelihood that HPV infection will progress increases with decreasing t-cells. THerefore it is more important to check more frequently in women with lower t-cells.

Check with your doctor for your particular risks and recommendations for pap testing.

Be well.


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