Does a Pap smear test for HIV?

Dr. Flash explains the difference between a Pap smear and an HIV test.

Don’t confuse a Pap smear or pelvic exam with getting an HIV test. A Pap smear screens for cancerous cells caused by some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but it does not test for HIV. HIV cannot be diagnosed with a Pap smear.

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