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

Question

How long would it take for your pap smear to be abnormal after being HIV infected?

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Answer

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 to have one done every 6 months if you're HIV+, instead of every 12 months.