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    What are abnormal cervical cells?

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    Abnormal cervical cells means that some cells look different from normal cells. This occurs in around 1 in 10 Pap smears.
    Low grade abnormalities result from slight changes in the cells of the cervix, which may be the result of a mild infection such as thrush or HPV. Most women don’t know they have HPV until they receive an abnormal Pap smear result. For most women the virus clears naturally in one to two years. However, in some cases HPV can persist. Regular Pap smears are vital to detect abnormalities, guide and monitor any treatment.
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    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

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