Re: Genital warts without HPV?
Paps are not a diagnostic tool; they are a screening tool. At the same time as a pap, a doctor can also perform an HPV/dna swab and have it tested for an active high risk infection. If a pap comes back with a problem, the lab can run an HPV test on that sample to determine if HPV is present. Neither test detects low risk HPV (ie genital warts).
Paps do not sample all tissue, either. It only samples the bit of the outer cervix that is swabbed. The doctor doesn't swab all of the outer cervix during a pap. The doctor doesn't normally swab the vagina.
Both high risk HPV and low risk HPV can cause problems on the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus/rectum, mouth/throat.