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ANd you have a long term partner does that mean I don’t need a smear again unless I change partners in the future?
You can’t catch hpv unless through sexual contact can you? Therefor if I’m in the same relationship in 5-10 yrs my hpv result will be the same yes? ANd they only examine cells if hpv is positive so another smear seems like a waste of time unless with a different partner. Only thing I can find online is something about going to 5yrly Checks.
From what i've read, hpv is only picked up if it is active at the time of the test. It can lie dormant for many years and suddenly activate. It can also be missed. I imagine that is why they test people even with long term partners. Personally I wouldn't risk skipping one for this reason.