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Bleeding During A Pap Smear

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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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anal warts

Hi! My name is Stephanie. I just discovered theses coliflower things around my rectum. I'm curious and want to know if they are deadly. I think its anal warts. Also is fever and weakness symptoms of anal watrs? They are very itchy and my stool is...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...strains of HPV, some cause warts and some can cause cancers such as cervical, vaginal, penile and anal cancer. Women get regular PAP smears of the cervix to look for HPV and any signs of cancer cells. We now recommend that any woman with an... Read more »

Hemorrhoids and Anal Pap Smears; do they interfere which each other? If I have a normal Pap smear, am I HPV-free?

Do the presence of hemmorhoids make the results of an anal pap smear turn out abnormal?Also, if a first anal pap smear comes out normal, and there is no sexual activity since then, are future anal pap smears required? Does a normal result indicate...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...of sampling error, one negative PAP smear is reassuring, but may miss some abnormal cells. I usually recommend two negative Pap smears, one year apart, before I tell a patient that we can let down our guard a bit. After two negative Pap smears,... Read more »

Abnormal PAP smear/Cervical Biopsy/HPV?

A mid-20s friend has been really depressed recently. She told me that she had abnormal cells in a PAP smear and had to get a cervical biopsy. She told me she was taking a medication (antibotic?) a week prior to the biopsy and it was making her 'act...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...There are many reasons for having abnormal cells on a PAP smear; not all the reasons have to do with either cancer or HPV infection. For instance, if someone has a trichimonas infection, then Read more »

Hemorrhoids and Pap smears- Post from 12/29-Correction?

Dear Dr. Bruce,IN your response of 12/29/02 regarding anal pap smears, hemorrhoids and HPV, you said if you it is more likely one is HPV infected if the Pap smear is normal. I'm not a doctor but I always thought it was the other way around. That is,...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...edited 12/29 post in this response. (I also fixed the typo). Here it is.The reader had asked some excellent questions about Pap smears and hemorroids--1) Do hemorrhoids interfere with the Anal Pap test-- probably not. However, if the... Read more »
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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 »
The Well Project

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and HIV/AIDS

...women. Fortunately, it can be prevented through earlydiagnosis and treatment. Cervical cancer screening is done by using a Pap test (sometimes called aPap smear). This test checks for changes in the cervix. Cervical cancer usuallytakes years to... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Anal Cancer, HIV and Gay/Bisexual Men

...cervix in their early stages. With regular screening and proper treatment, cervical cancer can be prevented. In fact, since cervical pap smears have become a routine part of women's health care, cervical cancer rates have dropped dramatically,... 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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A bit nervous

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Had a Pap test done. Doctor's office called. Seems that I have HPV. Not a real surprise. I've heard that 90% of women with HIV also have 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 »

Pap Smear

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Is a abnormal pap smear a sign of HIV? Read more »

Vaginal Bleeding

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Is Bleeding a symptom of HIV or Aids ? in the Vagina or Penis Read more »