Report: HIV-positive women may not need frequent pap smears

03/23/2005 | MSNBC

Women with HIV who initially test negative for the papillomavirus can reduce the frequency of their pap smears safely, according to a new report. Government guidelines call for HIV-infected women to receive pap smears every six months to check for cervical cancer, but such testing is costly, and women who initially test negative can be tested once every three years instead, the report said.

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