Can Chlamydia Be Detected During A Routine Pap Smear?

Question

Asked by Mark

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?

Answer

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.