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Pap smears & follow-up

What every college student should know about HPV

  1. As many as 75% of sexually active people will have an HPV infection at some time in their lives.
  2. These HPV infections are usually asymptomatic and go away on their own.
  3. Some HPV infections are associated with abnormal Pap test results in women.
  4. Cervical cancer screening is recommended beginning at age 21.

female repro system jpeg.JPGWhat is Pap test?

  • A Pap test screens for cervical cancer.
  • Cervical cancer can be treated and cured if found early.
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause cervical cancer

A Pap test does NOT screen for sexually transmitted infections

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