Q. The Pap smear shown in the above image indicates the presence of which of the following microorganisms?

a) Candida

b) HIV

c) Actinomyces

d) HSV

Ans: c) Actinomyces The above image shows fluffy cotton ball like appearance of the bacteria in the Pap smear, characteristic of Actinomyces. These group of bacteria is usually found in women who are fitted with an intrauterine contraceptive device. Morphologically the bacteria appears as fluffy cotton ball, with slender branching threads arising from it. The organisms poses a small risk of ascending infection, however in general they cause no symptoms.

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