The Pap smear, also known as the “Pap test,” is used to identify cancers or precancerous lesions in the cervix, allowing doctors to detect cervical cancer before it even occurs. Pap tests are performed to monitor a woman for changes in her cervical cancer that could be a sign of a pre-existing condition, such as infection or cancer, as well as signs of infection. Pap tests are not used for screening for other sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS or for cancers of the vagina and anus.
The cells taken from the cervix during a Pap test can identify HPV subtypes and can also be used to test for the presence of HPV. Women over 30 years of age should be tested for human papillomavirus (HPV), but the HPV test can be done at any age, not just 30 years of age or older. It is also recommended that women from the age of 21 should get a regular Pap smear every 3 years.
Before you book your next appointment with a gynecologist, it is important to know the differences between Pap and HPV testing and to familiarize yourself with the latest guidelines for cervical cancer screening. The provider will check your medical history, perform a physical exam, check your vital signs, examine your breasts and, if necessary, perform a Pap smear to test for cervical cancer. A growing body of research on HPV, the main cause of human papillomavirus (HPV), has led over the years to further advances in cervical cancer prevention.
In some cases, undergoing the procedure of a Pap smear can be painful, although you may experience a slight discomfort that lasts only a small amount of time. It may be slightly uncomfortable, but it’s usually not painful at all, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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About The AuthorDr. Syra Hanif M.D.
Board Certified Primary Care Physician
Dr. Syra Hanif is a board-certified Primary Care Physician (PCP) dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered healthcare.Read More