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What Does It Mean When Your Pap Smear Results Are Normal?

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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 »

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 »

Hemorrhoids and Pap smears- Post from 12/29-Correction?

Dear Dr. Bruce,IN your response of 12/29/02 regarding anal pap smears, hemorrhoids and HPV, you... 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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safety of Longer Intervals Between Pap Tests Debated

...contention the manufacturer, Cytyc Corp., denies. For the study, "Oral Contraceptive Pills Are Associated with Artifacts in ThinPrep Pap Smears that Mimic Low-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions" in Cancer Ctytopathology (2003;99;(2):75-82),... 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 »
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 »
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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 »

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 »

Pap Smear

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

hpv and hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...HI all, After an ASCUS pap smear (i.e. slightly abnormal), I was diagnosed with HPV. The doctor assured me that this was common and while it needed monitoring, Read more »