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Question regarding pap and ASCUS.
I had a pap that came back positive for high risk HPV (but not 16 or 18) and ASCUS.
I had another pap two weeks later with a different provider. This one came back recently normal/negative and positive for HPV, per the MA, with no follow-up needed beyond a pap in a year.
My first provider told me that the second pap would not be accurate as she had scraped all the cells off my cervix. but she couldn't have scraped every abnormal cell off, right?

(Back history - infrequent paps over the years that every now and then came back abnormal and then always normal on follow-up. Minimal history of BC use. I don't smoke, vegan, pretty healthy otherwise)

Final question: Can I trust this second pap? Is this a positive sign that I don't have ASCUS any longer? and a good chance of not having cervical cancer?


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replied January 22nd, 2019
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
You can trust this second Pap if it has been done by an experienced person. If its normal then it would definitely ruled out the possibility of ASCUS and hence cervical cancer.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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