• What is a Pap smear?
  • How is a Pap test done?
  • Whom is the Pap test named after?
  • What results do you get from the Pap test?
  • When do you have to repeat the Pap test?
  • What are abnormal Pap test results?
  • What is the HPV test?

The Pap smear is a procedure used to stain and examine cervical cells for certain changes such as cancer.

George Nicholas Papnicolaou lived from 1883 to 1962. He was born in Greece and came to the U.S. in 1913. He worked until 1961 at the New York Hospital and at Cornell Medical College where he developed his technique of examining cervical cells for malignant and other changes.

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