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Can Nasal Smears Detect Hiv

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HIV Health Checklist

...be done in the morning after fasting overnight. Blood sugar (See fact sheet 123 ): This measures diabetes or insulin resistance. Test at baseline and about once a year. Test in the morning after fasting overnight. Pap smear (See fact sheet 510 ): Tests for abnormal cells in the anus or vagina. Test at baseline and once a year, or more often if abnormal cells are found. The cervical Pap smear is a standard test for women. Anal Pap...
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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 »

Screening for anal warts (Anal PAP smears)

What are the current recommendations for anal pap smears in HIV positive men and women?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Excellent question. There are NO official guidelines regarding anal PAP smears. (A PAP smear is a test by which a health care provider checks a patient's cervix and/or anus for cells which are precancerous Read more »

Annual anal PAP smears; who should get them? atypia-- what does this mean

In the mid 1970s I had anal warts. They were treated topically and never reoccurred. I was infected with HIV in 1999. In 2000 I started to get yearly anal PAP smears. In 2000 the lab report said scattered, poorly preserved atypical squamous cells...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Treatment varies depending upon the results. It is recommended that all gay men, whether they are HIV+ or HIV- should have anal PAP smear testing. Woman with cervical HPV disease or who have been the recipients of anal intercourse should also... 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
...inflammation can indeed affect the Pap test. Although hemorrhoids will not cause a PAP test to read cancer, it may prevent a Pap smear from being read as completely normal. When I have a patient with inflammed hemorrhoids, I tend not to perform... Read more »
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Gay Men's Health Crisis

Three Treatment Algorithms for PAP Smear Management in HIV-Positive Women

... A1: At entry to care, if no prior abnormal Pap or treatment in past 12 months: A1: HIV-positive women with no recent history of abnormal Pap smear or recent treatment for dysplasia should have a thorough lower genital Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United Kingdom: Thousands Here Miss Life-Saving Cervical Smears; Plight of Star Puts Disease in Spotlight

...cancer, but in the meantime, the best way any woman can reduce her risk of developing cervical cancer is to attend for regular smear tests," Owen said. "In Northern Ireland, women aged 20 to 64 years are currently invited for screening every... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Regular Pap Smear Is as Effective as ThinPrep

...Pap tests in terms of relative sensitivity and [positive predictive value] for detection of cervical cancer precursors." Pap smear testing has been in use since the 1940s, while ThinPrep received U.S. approval in 1996. The main difference... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Anal Cancer, HIV and Gay/Bisexual Men

... Cancer of the anus, like that of the cervix, develops slowly, beginning with minor cell changes. For women, a simple pap smear is used to detect these cell changes in the cervix in their early stages. With regular screening and proper... Read more »
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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 »

semen smear on nipple

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...does anyone know whether hiv can be transmitted if sperm is smeared onto a pregnant woman's nipple? i know chnaces is low, but if the person is pregnant, will there be a difference? will it be Read more »

Pap Smear

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

Am I Just Paranoid?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...ended up popping like pimples. So, these are my questions: 1. With correct condom usage, what are the odds of contracting HIV or any other STD? 2. Is an HIV or STD test really worth my time? 3. Am I just being paranoid? I know all of these... Read more »