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Purpose Of Pap Smear

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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 »

Anal pap smear; Could I have picked up HPV infection from my girlfriend with cervical precancer

Dear Dr.A few years ago, I had a girlfriend with cervical precancer. I am assuming that I am at... 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... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Regular Pap Smear Is as Effective as ThinPrep

...represents 70 percent of the U.S. cervical cancer screening market, but a new report finds it no more effective than the conventional Pap smear at detecting precancerous cells. In the study, 89,784 Dutch women were randomized to be screened... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Younger Women Skipping Pap Smears

... New data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show rates of Pap smears among younger women have dropped by as much as 15 percent over the last decade. The AIHW report showed in 2005 and 2006, about Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Pap Smears for Women Under 21: Guidelines

... Most women should not bother getting a Pap test until they turn 21, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). However, certain populations Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

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

...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 tract inspection and Pap smear. This... 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 »

Pap Smear

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

anal warts

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...do gynecologists perform anal pap smears or check for warts back there? I think I may have them Read more »