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Pap smear and HPV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Cervical and Ovarian Cancer
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User :   hello, my question is about hpv
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   \how can i help you
User :   my boyfriend had sex with someone in the past who had HPV and developed cervical cancer from it..
Doctor :   ok
User :   does this mean that i now have this same strain of HPV?
Doctor :   you might be infected with HPV
Doctor :   what is your age
User :   21
User :   we have been having sex monagomously for 3 years..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I advise you to have a PAP smear
Doctor :   have you been getting regular pap smears
User :   no i have not..
User :   but i had one about 2 years ago..
User :   and i never heard anything back from it..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I advise you to have another one now
User :   if i was going to get it, i would already have it right?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   you should have it at frequent intervals
Doctor :   atleast once 2-3 years
User :   so this pap may be inconclusive bc hpv develops slowly?
User :   is it like HIV in that sense?
Doctor :   no
User :   that it could go undetected for some time?
Doctor :   Pap smear is the test which detects the cellular changes which can be caused by HPV
Doctor :   if you find any cellular changes in cervix
Doctor :   we can act in time

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