Go ahead and laugh, but it’s true. Men get Pap smears too.
Not all men. Just high-risk men who have sex with men.
The female Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer, which is a sexually-induced cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus. The Human Papillomavirus is also easily transmitted to the anus in men who have sex with men. Anal Pap smears screen for abnormal anal cells that may lead to anal cancer.
But don’t worry guys. You won’t need a large vaginal speculum for your exam. Just a small, friendly swab about the size of a Q-tip.
Now watch a LIVE Pap smear demo here:
Pamela Wible, M.D. is a family physician and author of Pet Goats & Pap Smears.