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Posted: 1/5/2005

Does anyone know of false positives?

I just found out yesterday the I have tested HPV positive after having a PAP smear performed at my college clinic. I have had no signs of genital warts, and I'm not sure which kind of HPV I have. Last year my PAP had no abnormalities. My friend told me that this happened to her, and that the test was a false positive because she had just finished her period a few days before the test. My period ended the day before I had my PAP smear. I remember I told the nurse in case I would have to reschedule. She said it was fine. She also said she noticed a little yeast inside me during the exam. Another person told me her friend tested hpv positive when really she had a yeast infection. Has anyone else heard anything like this? I am confused. I have scheduled an appointment with a real doctor for more answers.


1/5/2005 9:45:21 PM -
tell me, what did your pap smear come
back as? if it came back as ASCUS,
this can be caused by irritation from
using tampons (i.e. right after your
period), infections, including yeast
infections, and also hpv. the only
diffinitive way to tell if you have hpv
would be if something showed up as
dysplasia or CIN on your cervix, this
is caused by hpv. they can also do an
hpv dna test to tell for sure. these
tests are accurate and their arent
false positives.

1/5/2005 9:52:10 PM - cont from above
however, with hpv dna tests, their can
be false negatives. i am guessing
though that this positive result was
from a pap smear and not an hpv dna
test. more than likely, these girls
that said they had false positives had
ASCUS. more than likely, the reason
they told you it was HPV is b/c you are
on a college campus and they try to
scare ppl about std's so they give you
false info. get a copy of your pap
smear and see what it says, if it is

1/5/2005 9:55:11 PM - cont from above
get another pap in 6 months to a year.
if it still comes back ASCUS, they may
want to preform a colposcopy to look at
your cervix. if their trully is any
hpv present, they will see it during
this exam. please dont believe though
that ASCUS means you test positive for
hpv. this nurse is misinformed. do
some research on ASCUS and you will see
the miriad of things that can cause
this to come up on a pap test. hope
this helps out.

1/5/2005 9:59:26 PM -
I'm not sure what type of test I was
given, other than a PAP smear. The
nurse at my school told me to schdeule
another type of test called a
coloscopy, and to the doctor I tested
HPV positive - she also gave me these
letters to tell the doctor: LGSIL - I'm
not sure what they stand for...Maybe
Low-grade SIL (which I assumed was the
type of HPV that will end up as genital
warts - but truelly I have no clue).

1/5/2005 10:02:32 PM -
what is ASCUS? I'm sorry - I'm so
confused. I never even really heard of
HPV until yesterday. I feel
stupid...but what's done is done. I
just want to learn about this and
figure out what should be done from
here on.

1/5/2005 10:04:53 PM -
LGSIL stands for low grade squamous
intraepithelial lesion. this is a
lesion or changes in the cells caused
by hpv. it is also referred to as
dysplasia or CIN1. during the
colposcopy, the doctor will put a
speculum in, and then he will swab your
cervix in an acetic acid (basically
vinigar). this might sting slightly,
but is not really painful. then he'll
take a colposcope (kind like a
microscope) and view your cervix under
magnification to see any changes,

1/5/2005 10:07:59 PM - cont from above
these areas will show up white when the
vinagar is applied. he will then cut
off a small sample of this white area,
this is called a biopsy, and send it to
a pathologist to examine under a
microscope. this will tell them if it
is just CIN1 or if it is a higher
grade. he may also at this time
preform an ECC. this is the most
painful part of the exam. he takes a
small sharp spoon like device and
inserts it into your cervix to take a
sample of tissue from there

1/5/2005 10:10:52 PM - cont from above
this ECC will feel like sharp cramps,
at least it did to me. after that, he
should be done. he may apply a
clotting agent to stop any bleeding.
you might have a slight discharge for a
few days, including this black coffee
grind looking stuff, that is the
clotting agent and nothing to worry
about. after this, you shouldnt insert
anything into your vagina (tampons or
sex) for 4 to 6 weeks while the cervix
heals, it might hurt otherwise.

1/5/2005 10:14:04 PM - cont from above
oh yeah, to minimize pain from the
colposcopy, try taking 4 advil about 30
minutes before the exam, this will help
keep you from cramping up so much, and
the cramping is what causes the pain.
ASCUS stands for atypical squamous
cells of undetermined significance.
meaning that the cells are slightly
abnormal, but they dont know why.
since your pap shows LGSIL, this is an
actual hpv lesion. the other gals with
false positives probably had ASCUS

1/5/2005 10:18:31 PM - cont from above
if you would like to, you can email
me. my addy is
princezz_angel777@yahoo.com it is hard
to put all the info on here when i can
only use 500 characters max on each
post. if you are wondering what ECC
is, this stands for endocervical
curettage. they do this b/c they cant
see inside your cervix and this helps
them detect if hpv is there also.

1/5/2005 10:19:48 PM - princezz_angel
and dont feel stupid, i didnt know
anything about all this stuff until i
had it done. i am now practically an
expert on all of it so i dont mind
helping at all

1/15/2005 11:01:34 PM - nicole
I believe there are possibilities
for false-positives. I did a little
research and found out if you were
taking birth control and had the pap
called thinprep performed the
likelyhood of false positives were
quite high. There's more info from
Ohio State University. hope this

1/17/2005 5:01:21 PM -
where can the most up to date
scientific by easily understood
information be found?

1/17/2005 8:03:32 PM -
hmmm, well i am part of a group called
hpvgyngalinfo on yahoo. it is an
information only site. we try to keep
the most current info about hpv posted
up on there. we have men and women
that are members. post back if you
wanna join -k-? i will need an email
addy to send an invite to though.

1/20/2005 11:43:33 PM -
MEDICATIONS are also a cause of false
abnormal paps. I had a pap come back
abnormal a few years ago - I went in
for testing and it came back
negative. The doc asked what meds I
was taking at the time of my original
pap and she concluded that the
doxycyline I was on was the cause of
the false read on my pap.

1/21/2005 8:34:07 AM -
by false positives are you meaning
ASCUS? b/c ASCUS doesnt mean hpv,
however, if a pap comes back LSIL or
HSIL, this is a definite sign of hpv.
its an actual lesion on the cervix and
not a false positive. most ppl
with "false positives" only have ASCUS,
ASCUS is caused by many things.

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