Slip of tongue

During a presentation on Pap smears and cervical cancer.

Lecturer: Who gets a Pap smear?

Uncertain student: After 18 years old and…erm…three years after the first sexual encounter?

Lecturer: Does this patient (refers to the case study we were discussing – a 19 year old who had sex for the first time two weeks ago) need a Pap smear?

Increasingly confused student: Yes…

Lecturer patiently asked another leading question: This patient is over 18 years old. Tick. Is it three years after her first sexual encounter?

Student realized his big mistake.

Lecturer continues: Let’s take an extreme example. A twenty-three year old who has never had sex, yes, she does not need a Pap smear.

I stared at her and before i could stop myself: What the fuck? Extreme example?!

Half the room was filled with students who come from the same Eastern background as me; students who are over twenty three years old, students who are too conservative to practice pre-marital sex.

I stared at my friend. He gave a don’t-look-at-me look and shrugged. Apparently i was the only one awake. No one else noticed. Or they did and just let it passed which is just as bad.

Gosh, this is one rotation where i had more consultants preach to us that sex before marriage is good and that nuns have it especially bad because their celibacy increases their risks of endometriosis and fibroids. What the hell.

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One response »

  1. Hey,

    How are you feeling about the whole thing? I haven’t been able to check in with you after our conversation that evening. I like reading your posts. Sometimes, they’re rather poetic. 🙂 Hang in there yea? Take care!

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