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I had a pap smear done on the 9th and I got a letter a week later saying that it was normal and to come back in a year. Then I got one yesterday that said that it needs to be repeated in three months.

I could't get in touch with my doctor but the nurse told me that my pap results were normal but I had some inflammation. I told her that when I came for the pap my doc told me that I had BV and I asked her could that be the cause of my inflammation. She said yes and she also pointed out my abnormal pap last July and said that if my next pap is normal that I can go back to yearly.

I'm wondering how my pap could turn out normal with inflammation and if it is normal why do I have to have it repeated in three months. Do they just want to make sure the BV is gone? Also, what does a "negative pap smear " mean exactly. Does that mean I don't have HPV or any other diseases or is it only referring to cancer?


[ 08-23-2007, 08:04 AM: Message edited by: nina_brown04 ]

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Sorry your post got overlooked, nina!

Your best bet is going to be to call the doctor's office back and ask them for more specific information. Every office phrases things differently, so it's hard to guess exactly what the deal is here. To the best of my understanding, a negative pap usually means that no cancerous or precancerous cells were found. Other STIs or BV would be addressed differently since they are not necessarily diagnosed with the pap test itself.

As to why they want a repeat in 3 months, again that's a question best answered in specific by the office. Inflammation can often indicate something is going on, so it may be that they want to keep an eye on that.

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