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If I Get Back A Normal Pap Smear Can I Still Be Hiv Positive

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Human Papillomavirus and HIV Disease

...warts appear in the mouth or throat. When they're present, genital warts are usually painless, though some itching or discomfort may occur. For dysplasia, since symptoms are often not present, it's important to get regular Pap smears to diagnose dysplasia as early as possible. Pap smears can be used to check the cervix as well as the anus. Routine Pap tests in women have greatly decreased the number of cervical cancers in the US since the...
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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 »

hpv test

I asked my doctor if I can get tested for HPV and they said there is no test. I have HIV an have been reading about the risk of hpv and am worried. How can I get tested? Is this like a pap test?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...cancer of the anal canal before it spreads. The PAP smear actually looks for early cancerous changes. I would also recommend a cervical PAP smear in all women, whether or not they are HIV+ or HIV-. In addition to the PAP smear, there is an HPV... Read more »

Guidelines for Pap test in HIV+ woman

I have seen conflicting information on scheduling frequency for Pap test. Every 6 months or annually for those with normal results, which is teh recommendation? thank you
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...Pap smears test for cancer and pre-cancer of the cervix. Cancer of the cervix is thought to be caused by a progressive infection with human 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 »
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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 »
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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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Gynecological Complications in Women with HIV

...complications, it is important to screen frequently 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... 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 »
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Can HIV be transmitted via a nitrous balloon?

Posted by vanessa1013, 3 Replies
...balloon. I 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... Read more »

Re: Can HIV be transmitted via a nitrous balloon?

Posted by vanessa1013, 1 Reply
...balloon. I 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... 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 »

Yeast infections, BV, and HPV

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...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 »