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what exactly are so they look for when doing a pap smear and can they find desease doing it


Asked by ashleyyoung at 11:14 PM on Jul. 27, 2010 in Health

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  • The pap smear test looks for cell abnormalities that are precancerous. The vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV or Human Papillomavirus, hence the term pap smear. Once a pap smear comes back abnormal they can test the cells for HPV. When a pap smear sample is sent to the lab a pathologist looks at the cells of the cervix that were collected to determine if they are abnotmal. A pap smear does not test for any STD other than HPV. However, other swabs can be taken during the exam to test for other STDs. These other swabs are sent to the lab where they are smeared into a petrie dish that has a growth medium in it. It is incubated to see if any bacteria grow. Once there is growth of bacteria they can determine what type it is.

    Answer by lori57703 at 11:42 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • They test it for clamedia and gohneria, thats about it. They look for cancer and cisc, Thats all I know. Sorry about the spelling mistakes, I'm not sure how to spell those words.

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 11:19 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • The whole point of the pap smear is to detect abnormalities that could be caused by cancer or STDs.

    Answer by Maureen-MD at 11:30 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • ok i was wondering i never got one yet and no worries about the speelling

    Comment by ashleyyoung (original poster) at 11:31 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Um, why would you even ask if they're looking for "deseases" (disease, fwiw)? You think they're just doing it because it's fun? The entire point of the entire annual exam is to make sure everything is healthy/normal (aka the opposite of diseased). They certainly don't do all that poking and prodding just because it's fun.

    Answer by coder_chick at 11:53 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • coder chick im not stupid.. i was wondering because my little sister got one and found out she has some problems dont be bitchy on my posts k

    Comment by ashleyyoung (original poster) at 11:54 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • just to make sure everythings ok

    Answer by devinalexis at 12:09 AM on Jul. 28, 2010