Pap Smear

This information is useful for adults and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our specialized cytotechnologists use cutting-edge technology to make accurate diagnoses.
  • Our pathologists can test a single sample for different strains of HPV if that virus is suspected.
  • We have a team of pathologists with deep expertise in women's health.

Before the Pap smear was introduced in the 1940s by George Papanicolaou, after whom it was named, cervical cancer was the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Now, the Pap smear has become a routine gynecological screening. For example, the Pap test can detect abnormal cell growth, the presence of the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), as well as other conditions like cervical cancer. Yale Medicine’s Department of Pathology offers specialized expertise in the interpretation of Pap tests.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.