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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Mark, Community Member, asks

Q: Can chlamydia be detected during a routine pap smear?

If the pap smear doesn't show the presence of chlamydia, can the person assume that they are free of chlamydia?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
7/16/09 10:55pm

Hi Mike


The person has to ask to be tested for this sexually transmitted disease.


Here is a doctor's answer from a health forum:


"A PAP-test does not serve for detecting Chlamydia infection. A PAP-test basically serves for detecting precancerous and cancerous lesions of the cervix. A PAP-test can detect certain infections but not Chlamydia. Chlamydia is usually diagnosed with serological tests that detect Chlamydia antigens in a smear taken from the urethra or vagina."


If you suspect that your partner has this...I would suggest you see your doctor to be tested as well.


Thank you for your question.





Mark, Community Member
7/17/09 9:10am

Thanks for the response.  My partner came to me with news that she had gone for a pap smear and they found chlamydia.  She gave me some medication to get rid of it, saying that they don't always check for it, so we probably had it when we met.  She's had previous paps without any mention of such an infection.  The story sounds suspicious to me...what is your intuitive response to this, as a woman? 


I found some links where chlamydia does appear to show up in the smear preparation.  It seems to take up the stain much like bacteria in a Gram stain.  

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