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HIV Positive Normal Pap Smears

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The Well Project

Cancers

...dysplasia is detected and treated early, cervical cancer can be prevented. Symptoms Many women do not experience symptoms Bleeding between periods is one of the only signs of advanced cervical dysplasia Diagnosis Pap smears: A Pap smear is a screening test your doctor does to check for changes in the cervix An abnormal Pap smear can indicate inflammation, infection, dysplasia, or cancer If you have an abnormal Pap, you...
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Pap smear readings

Why is it that HIV positive women seem to have a lot of abnormal pap smears? And once the coloposcopy (spelling, oops!) is performed everything is found normal? What causes my paps to be abnormal when really, they end up being o.k.? Please shed...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
...is not working other viruses, like HPV ( which can cause cervical dysplasia)are able to casue more problems. For this reason Pap smears are followed more closely in women with HIV.I hope this helps.-JC Read more »

HIV+ and abnormal pap smears

I have had abnormal pap smears for years - had a hysterectomy about 5 years ago and am starting to have abnormal paps again. Is this normal for HIV+ women?
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...No. Pap smears check the cells from your cervix and/or vagina. Once the cervix (part of the uterus) is gone, most pap smears are normal. If Read more »

HIV & Cancer how strong a correlation?

Hi there Dr. Dezube! I was wondering about something. I am an HIV positive woman -- I think I have it around 3 years. I'm not on any treatment yet. And I was wondering if HIV positive women are more likely to get cancer then other negative women....
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...get cancer than HIV-negative women. I will focus this answer on cervical cancer. Fortunately there are guidelines in terms of PAP smears. The current recommendations are as follows: 1) In the first year after HIV diagnosis, women should get a PAP... Read more »

Pap Smear????

I'm HIV+ for 4 years. VL 10000 CD4 685. I am not sexually active. Should I still have pap smears? My last pap was 11/97 found to be normal with no problems. How often should someone not sexually active have paps?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...If you're HIV+, you should have a Pap smear every 6 months because there is a greater chance of an abnormal test because of the HIV. It has nothing to do with current sexual activity. Read more »
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The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...Gardasil™ does not protect against less common HPV types not included in the vaccine. Therefore, doctors still recommend regular Pap smears to detect changes in the cervix (dysplasia) before they become cancerous, so that women can receive... Read more »
The Body

Frequent Cervical Cancer Screenings Are Still Important for Women With HIV

...closely for cervical cancer. And yet, a recent study showed that about one in four HIV-positive women in the U.S. are not getting Pap smears as frequently as they should . How often should HIV-positive women get screened? Guidelines issued by... Read more »
Project Inform

Gynecological Complications in Women with HIV

...and regularly. Screening is normally done with one of two diagnostic tools, the Pap smear and/or colposcopy. The ability of Pap smears to adequately screen for cervical cancer in women with HIV is currently under debate. Studies have shown that... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Cervical Cancer and Women with HIV

...when diagnosed early, it can be cured. Deaths from cervical cancer have gone down by 70% in the U.S. since 1943, when routine Pap smears were introduced for sexually active women. Pap smears consist of a sample of cells scraped from the cervix... Read more »
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Posted by vanessa1013, 3 Replies
...took an oral HIV test at Planned Parenthood on 9/30/10. It was negative. I tested for other STD's, negative too. Pap smear was normal. I have not had unprotected sex since 11/14/09. My fiance was a virgin, and we have never had unprotected sex.... Read more »

Yeast infections, BV, and HPV

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I am starting to go crazy here thinking I may have HIV. I was told about two years ago that I had HPV which gave me an abnormal pap smear. A colposcopy was done that showed I had mild dysplasia. My pap and hpv test last year showed a negative... Read more »

hpv and hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...HI all, After an ASCUS pap smear (i.e. slightly abnormal), I was diagnosed with HPV. The doctor assured me that this was common and while it needed monitoring, many girls are able to Read more »

Abnormal pap smear

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...My doctor just informed me that my pap smear was abnormal. Could this be an indication of HIV infection? I possibly had an exposure Feb, tested Neg End of April. Read more »