Pap Tests And HPV Information

The human papillomavirus (HPV) has been getting increasing press and media attention in the US since Gardasil came onto the market – however, most women (and men) who are sexually active have already been exposed to HPV, and Pap tests are still recommended for women regardless of whether they have ever had sex or had the vaccine.

Another Reason To Get Vaccinated

A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University is suggesting that people who participate in oral sex can be up to 250% as likely to develop oral cancers than people who do not, likely due to HPV (HPV is associated with various cancers including cervical cancer, vulvar cancer and penile cancer).

Q&A: What Does An Abnormal Pap Smear Mean?

My most recent pap smear came back abnormal. I had a colposcopy and my doctor said that it looked like I had only mild cervical changes. He checked for warts but did not find any. Can I still have sex with my boyfriend (vaginal and oral)? What safer sex practices should we use, and for how long?