Medical Q&As

Smear test - necessary for virgin?

Is a smear test necessary in an adult virgin?

A smear test is a screening test for carcinoma of the cervix. This particular cancer is associated with infection with specific numbered strains of HPV (human papilloma virus). This virus is acquired through sexual intercourse and can give rise to changes in the cells at the cervix or neck of womb. These changes can then gradually deteriorate over time and evolve into malignant change. If penetrative sexual intercourse has never taken place then HPV virus cannot gain access to the cervix. Therefore smear testing is not necessary in an adult virgin. The procedure could also be very uncomfortable for the woman because the vagina and the surrounding muscles and ligaments would be likely to be tight. This tightness could also make it difficult to actually perform the test.