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05/06/2014 at 11:39
Anyone in the know on this? I used to have annual smears due to previous abnormal results. At my latest one the nurse said they were now testing differently, they check for the HPV virus too and if you don't have that plus your smear is normal then you can go longer between tests - my next one is now due in 2017 instead of next year.
I might be being dense, but what if you contract the HPV virus in the gap between tests? This is what causes the changes so how else are you going to know unless you're getting more regular smears?
05/06/2014 at 19:43
Maybe it's also based on your sex life?!
Ie if you're married and don't have HPV then it's unlikely you're going to pick it up until you have a new sexual partner?!
Or maybe because HPV takes a while (years) to potentially cause any changes? I don't know the answer but there must be method in their reaosning!
09/06/2014 at 10:26
LOL, I'd thought of that but the nurse didn't enquire about my relationship status so how the heck can they tell!?
Did find this which gives a bit more information, it still isn't as clear as I'd like though.
12/06/2014 at 15:54
I personally don't like the idea of going longer inbetween smears. I actually think they should be carried out more regular than the current every 3 years. It really just doesn't sit right with me.
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