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Pap Test (sometimes called Pap Smears)
A test to check for changes in the cells of your cervix.  This test can determine if you have an infection, abnormal or unhealthy cervical cells or cervical cancer.  This test is recommended for every woman who is 21 years and older.  Results from your Pap test normally take about 2 weeks and you will be contacted if the results are NOT normal.

Abnormal Results
Occasionally, your Pap test might have an abnormal result.   Abnormal Pap test results do NOT mean that you have cancer. Most often there is a small problem with the cervix.  If this is the case, a nurse will contact you by phone to discuss next steps.

If the results of the Pap test are unclear or show a small change in the cells of the cervix, you would most likely be asked to repeat your Pap test.  If the test finds more serious changes, you might be asked to have a colposcopy.  Clinic 555 offers follow-up and treatment to abnormal Pap tests. 

Colposcopy (kol-pos-ko-pee) is a special exam done for women who have had abnormal pap smears.  The cervix is viewed through a special magnifying instrument called a colposcope.  The colposcope allows the doctor or nurse to see the cells of the vagina and cervix in great detail.  If the colposcope detects abnormal cells on your cervix, you may be recommended to have a LEEP procedure.

LEEP or LOOP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)
Leep is used to remove the abnormal cells of the cervix.  The procedure uses a thin wire to cut away a very thin layer of surface cells.  During Leep, your cervix will be numbed with a local anesthesia.  The procedure takes only a few minutes and recovery time is brief in most cases.

HPV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Testing and treatment for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and other sexually transmitted diseases (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Syphilis, urethral infections, vaginal infections and Venereal Warts) is readily available.  Testing is based on risk factors and patient request. | STD Testing & Treatment

Please call for an appointment | 651.266.1255
Morning, afternoon and evening appointments available.

Services range from low cost to free.
Fee based on family size and income.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Our clinic is conveniently located downtown Saint Paul | Location

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