Pap smearing can be used to detect sexually transmitted infections, a new study finds.
The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that in the United States, about 70% of all pap tests are conducted on women under age 40 and more than 90% are performed in the first year of pregnancy.
According to the study, Pap smeared results are more accurate than the usual vaginal examination in detecting STIs, which include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and herpes.
Researchers looked at data from the Pap test, a test that uses an enzyme in the saliva to identify certain types of bacteria.
It’s been around for decades and has been a staple of many gynecological care practices.
But for many, it’s been seen as too intrusive.
The results can be misinterpreted and can result in unnecessary testing, the researchers say.
“It can be a scary time for women,” said lead author Dr. Michelle McElroy of the University of Arizona.
“It’s not just about a missed test.”
The study used a sample of 1,200 people ages 20-45, and found that the percentage of people who tested positive for STIs was 2.9% among those who reported using Pap smear.
The study also found that about half of those who used the test said they’d been tested twice.
McElroy said the study should be used in conjunction with other methods of screening.
“In my opinion, it should be a tool in any screening system that you use,” she said.
The study was based on data from two large, randomized controlled trials, one in the U.S. and one in Australia.
The Australian study found that Pap smacking was 99% accurate in detecting gonorrheal disease and syphilis.
The U.K. study found 99% accuracy.
In the U, a woman needs to take two Pap tests to determine if she’s infected with any STIs and to determine the severity of her infection.
The US has one of the highest rates of STIs in the world and Pap smacks are often used as a preventive measure.
But it’s important to note that the U isn’t the only country to have its own Pap test.
In Australia, Pap tests are available for everyone and there’s no cost associated with them.
Researchers found that for women who are HIV positive and using other tests to confirm their status, the U and Australia are the most accurate and affordable tests.
“There are certain limitations to using Pap tests in a universal way.
For example, there’s a high incidence of HPV and some types of STI that aren’t considered sexually transmitted,” McElray said.
The researchers note that, even if all the data is available, they believe that the findings provide an accurate picture of what happens to Pap smacked women.
“The overall conclusion of this study is that women should use Pap smashes as a regular part of their health care and that they should have accurate information about STIs on their records,” McGlenn said.
“They should also be aware of the risk of STDs that are transmitted through their Pap smaces and not just what they are doing with their Pap test.”
The study will be published in JAMA Internal Medicine.