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Hiv Abnormal Pap Testing

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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 »

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... 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,... Read more »
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Frequent Cervical Cancer Screenings Are Still Important for Women With HIV

...monitoring tests) when they are first diagnosed with HIV, and that this test be repeated six months later. If the first two Pap tests are normal, then Pap tests should be given annually thereafter. The IDSA guidelines also recommend that more... Read more »
The Body PRO

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 »
AIDS InfoNet

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

...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... Read more »
The Well Project

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and HIV/AIDS

...and cause greater problems. It has been found that many HIV+ women skip PAP tests. It is crucial thatHIV+ women get routine Pap testing and follow up as needed to identify problemsbefore cancer develops. Prevention is always better than... 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 »

A bit nervous

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...how much I was at risk for Cervical Cancer. Every woman with HIV and HPV is. High Risk. You can bet I won't miss another Pap Smear again and for those of us with HIV, that's EVERY year, not every 3 years that's recommended with the new test. ... Read more »

I need some peace of mind

Posted by tikigirl31, 2 Replies
...and it was negative, then did the mouth swab at 13 weeks and it was negative. I felt at peace with things, but then I got my Pap smear back and it said it found abnormal cells and that I was positive for HPV, do you think I could still have HIV... Read more »

Pap Smear

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