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What do pap smears test for?
A pap test a a medical procedure that test the cells of the cervix for cancer and other abnormalities.
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It does not mean you have cancer. It may mean you have an infection, or you may have changed cells which could become cancer one day. You should have… a repeat smear in 3-6 months have a colposcopy so the ob/gyn can have a closer look. You may need a little operation to remove them but I REPEAT it does NOT mean you have cancer. That is why we have pap smears, so any little problems can be found BEFORE they become big problems. Answer Women of any age that still have periods should not get a pap smear done just before they start their period because it can cause a false reading.
no they do not, they only test for cervical cancer No. Most HIV methods of testing are through blood tests. An HIV test doesn't actual determine if you are carrying HIV,… but it tests if your blood is carrying a specific anti-body that reacts to HIV. Therefore, even if you have HIV, a test will be negative until your body produces the anti-body that will make a test react positive. In most cases, anti-bodies for HIV will develop in a person within 3 months of being exposed to HIV. Newer forms of HIV rapid testing can be done using saliva (technically not saliva, but oral fluid released from the mucosal surface of the cheek), and also test for antibodies in the oral fluid. They are less sensitive than blood testing, but still very useful in many settings. Pap smears test for abnormalities in cells, and not specifically for HIV anti-bodies. It is my understanding that this test is an "indicator test" only. Meaning, further tests must be done to determine if cancer is present (as well as if HIV is present). No, it is not designed to detect HIV. If you are concerned, you should get tested specifically for HIV. No, HIV will not show up on a PAP test.
The pap smear test is a screening test done on asymptomatic (without symptoms) females to check for pre-cancerous cells/lesions in the cervix.
Yes your doctor will be able to tell when giving a pap if you have a yeast infection.
Bleeding after a pap smear test is normal because they are scraping skin off the sensitive cervix
A pap smear is a medical exam. The doctor uses a device to open the vagina, then takes a scraping of cervical cells. It is a little uncomfortable when the scraping is done. Th…e cells are sent to the lab to be checked for cancer and other problems.
I will be completely honest with you, it depends upon the doctor. I have had one doctor who did it to where it was "barely" uncomfortable at all and another doctor that I flin…ched because it was slightly painful. A flu shot hurts much worse. It is not so much a pain factor as just an uncomfortable factor, but it usually happens really fast so don't stress about it too much. After the first one, the just get easier because you know what to expect. Just be sure to relax so that it causes less pressure against your vaginal canal.
You should wear clothes that are easy to take off. Like a skirt with sandals or jeans and flip flops. The nurse will give you a hospital-like gown to put on. You w…ill be asked to remove your underwear and pants/skirt and lie on a table. She will look and feel of your external vaginal area (such as the labia) and feel of your uterus on the outside. She will then insert a speculum (metal object that will open your vaginal canal)into your vagina (usually after a lubrication is applied and look at your cervix and take a swab of your cervix. It is usually not painful, just uncomfortable.
If you have never had a pap smear before or if it is close to the time you are due for your annual exam, most doctors get the pap smear while you are in the office and being e…xamined. If you have recently had a pap test done and it was normal, I would question the doctor about the reason s/he feels there is a need.
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No, a pap smear tests for abnormalities of the cervix or cervical dysplasia. To test for HBV you will need a blood test. JM
can detect cervical cancer, precancerous changes, inflammation (vaginitis), infections, and some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Pap test can occasionally detect end…ometrial (uterine) cancer or ovarian cancer
The week following your period is the best time - having one done just prior to starting your period can cause a false abnormal.
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False negatives are possible in any screening test. It is notlikely, though, that cervical cancer would be missed in a papsmear.
You make an appointment with either your family physician or a gynecologist (OB-GYN), who takes a small sample from the vagina for testing. After the sample is tested in labor…atory, you are given the results, whether it is benign or malignant.
Yes, you can still get cancer in what is left.
A pap smear looks for signs of cervical cancer or precancerous problems on the cervix. It's meant to show which patients need further screening for these conditions. An HPV te…st done at the same time or just after the pap is typically done to look for high-risk (cancer causing) HPV subtypes. It may be ordered with or after the pap based on a woman's age, her pap history, or due to an inconclusive pap result. A negative HPV test in this context only says that the cervix is not infected with high-risk HPV subtypes; a negative test doesn't mean you don't have HPV, but just that there's no high-risk HPV on the cervix.