Can You Be Hiv Positive And Have A Normal Pap Smear

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The Well Project


...dysplasia is detected and treated early, cervical cancer can be prevented. Symptoms Many women do not experience symptoms Bleeding between periods is one of the only signs of advanced cervical dysplasia Diagnosis Pap smears: A Pap smear is a screening test your doctor does to check for changes in the cervix An abnormalPap smear can indicate inflammation, infection, dysplasia, or cancer If you have an abnormal Pap, you...
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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, 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 »

HIV & Cancer how strong a correlation?

Hi there Dr. Dezube! I was wondering about something. I am an HIV positive woman -- I think I have it around 3 years. I'm not on any treatment yet. And I was wondering if HIV positive women are more likely to get cancer then other negative women....
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...get cancer than HIV-negative women. I will focus this answer on cervical cancer. Fortunately there are guidelines in terms of PAP smears. The current recommendations are as follows: 1) In the first year after HIV diagnosis, women should get a PAP... Read more »

Pap smear readings

Why is it that HIV positive women seem to have a lot of abnormal pap smears? And once the coloposcopy (spelling, oops!) is performed everything is found normal? What causes my paps to be abnormal when really, they end up being o.k.? Please shed...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
...These are good questions. It is thought that the colonscopy is a more sensitive test for abnormalities than the Pap smear so that sometimes it will be normal when the Pap is abnormal. It also depends on what you mean by an abnormalPap smear, some 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 »
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 »
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 »
Project Inform

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 »
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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