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About the Pap Smear Test
A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. First the clinician or physician will insert a speculum into the vagina so that the clinician can see the cervix. Then they will take a sample of cells from the cervix with a brush.
If a pap smear result is abnormal, it does not mean that you have cervical cancer. It does mean that further testing (HPV testing and/or colposcopy) should be done to determine what abnormality is present, if any.
About STI Testing and Common Vaginal Infections
Human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes (HSV), gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomonas testing is performed with a cervical brush or swab, similar to a pap smear. These tests are sent to an outside lab and we normally will receive results back within a week. We can call you with the results, but we will not leave a message with the results unless you indicate that you would like us to do so.
We can also test for common vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), urinary tract infections, and yeast infections. In most cases we provide treatment the same day if needed, to help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms as soon as possible.
HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis Testing
FPA does not currently provide screening tests for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis at this time. If you are interested in having this tests we are happy to provide a referral. See our ‘Helpful Links’ Page for more information on free and low cost testing sites.
Birth Control Consultation
We can provide prescriptions for birth control for those patients who have had a well-woman exam with us. We also provide contraception consultations without an exam, if you would like to get started on or continue a birth control method, but do not need or want to have an exam at this time.
If you have had an abortion with us and received a birth control prescription, you can make an appointment for a well-woman exam or contraception consultation and we can provide another prescription for you. We cannot extend your prescription without an office visit and evaluation.