Does Hiv Infection Show Up During Pap Smear

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AIDS InfoNet

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

...changes, such as dysplasia or cervical cancer. In 2009 the FDA approved two tests that use the sample collected by a Pap test. These tests look for types of HPV that are linked to health problems. Dysplasia can be detected by Pap smears. Some researchers believe that anal and cervical smears should be checked each year for people with elevated risk: People who have had receptive anal intercourse Women who have had cervical...
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Abnormal Pap Smear

I just got a call from my doctor about a pap smear coming back abnormal and they think it is a virus can you tell me about other viruses and symptoms or can it just be AIDS
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...I'd be better able to answer this question if I knew whether you are referring to a cervical Pap smear or an anal Pap smear. In both cases, abnormal Pap smears are often caused by the human papillomavirus. Although abnormal Pap 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
...forum, who are unfamiliar with anal PAP smears, let me explain. In a manner similar to the way women have been getting regular cervical PAP smears, anal PAP smears have recently arrived to the seen. A medical professional inserts a swab up one's... Read more »

pap smear - how long for it to become abnormal????

How long would it take for your pap smear to be abnormal after being HIV infected?Many thanks
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...There is no specific interval between HIV infection and developing an abnormal Pap smear. Remember that HIV- women can also have abnormal Pap smears, it just is more common among HIV+s. That's why it is recommended Read more »

Pap Test

I am +, on no meds, and have a cd4 count that rose over the last couple of months to over 500, probably to battle a slight increase in vl, around 30,000. I had a pap test done in 3/00 and I received a card from the lab that said "normal, but "not...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...I recommend that you see your physician to get another PAP smear done. In order to interpret a PAP smear correctly, it is necessary to have a sufficient number of cells on the slide in order Read more »
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Many HIV-Infected Women Do Not Receive Cervical Cancer Screenings Nearly Often Enough, U.S. Study Suggests

...screened annually for cervical cancer. HIV treatment recommendations say that a woman who is diagnosed with HIV should get two Pap smears in the first year after [receiving the] HIV diagnosis, and then one every year after that, for as long as... 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 »
Women Alive

Paps & Colposcopies

...Well, its that time of year. Time for me to call the Doc for a pap smear. Pap smears are right up there with root canals and shoving knitting needles in my eyes. I hate them! But I have come to realize Read more »
The Body

Frequent Cervical Cancer Screenings Are Still Important for Women With HIV

...Gynecologists regarding cervical cancer screening . These revised recommendations call for less-frequent cervical cancer screening: a Pap smear once every two years for women between the ages of 21 and 30, and once every three years for women 30... Read more »
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