i have a question.. about 2 yrs ago, i got my first pap smear.. the partner i was with and i used condoms all the time.. i got my results and they said it was abnormal and it was suspected i had hpv.. then i had a cyclopolphy or something like that. to diagnose my problem then they told me i did not have hpv but inflammation or cervicitis and that many women get this and all i had to take was metrizodane or something like that.. which also was used to treat yeast infections. i have asked a friend of mine has this ever happened to her and she had the same experience the obgyn told her she was suspected to have hpv and all she had when diagnosed was a vaginal infection.. why do doctors do this?? it scared the crap outta me and ever since then i have never wanted to get another pap again becuz of the unnecessary scare i was giving. has this ever happened to you??
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A smear test can spot abnormal cells, but further tests (like colposcopies) are needed to see whether the cause is something like HPV or cervical cancer or something more easily treated, like cervicitis (cervical inflammation).
I don't think the doctors "misdiagnosed" you or deliberately tried to scare you - if you have abnormal results on a smear test, then they do have to check it out, because some of the time, it's not going to be a false alarm.
It's better to get your pap smears done so that any abnormal cells can be checked out, than to risk letting something like cervical cancer go untreated.
By the way, condom use will reduce your risk of HPV transmission, but it can't prevent it completely - HPV can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, and obviously condoms don't cover the entire genital area.
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