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Abnormal Pap

12/09/2008

Question:

does an abnormal pa smear mean i have an STD?

Answer:

No, Pap smears do not test for STDs. Pap smears can be "abnormal" for several reasons, including inflammation up to possible cervical cancer. If you had an abnormal Pap smear, you should discuss with your provider what will be done next: another test, like a colposcopy (where the provider looks at your cervix through a machine) or a repeat Pap.

If you are worried about an STD, please tell your provider so that you can have the appropriate tests.

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Response by:

Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
Associate Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University