Purpose of an anal pap smear
The anal pap smear screen for changes in squamous cell that line the anus as well as the cervix. As with cervical cancer, human papillomavirus is responsible of anal cancer more than 90% of anal cancers are caused by HPV which is also responsible for pennies as well as head and neck cancer.
Who should get an anal pap smear?
- People who have anal intercourse
- People who are immunosuppressed
- People who have history of genital warts
- People who have abnormal cervical Pap smears results.
During anal pap smear test
Anal pap smear known as a rectal swab involves gently widening the anus, healthcare provider inserting a moistened swab 360 degrees for cell collection and preparing the sample using liquid-based cytology for accurate pathology analysis. During procedure mild discomfort may occur, the process typically takes around 30 minutes , after which you'll be covered and instructed to sit up slowly.