Medical Q&As

Smear test - detect STD?

If I get a smear test done do they check for any sexually transmitted infections?

If you are concerned that you might have a sexually transmitted disease you would need to say that to your GP. The smear test simply involves taking a sample of cells from the cervix or neck of the womb and does not involve a general STD (sexually transmitted disease) screen. The smear sample does not give specific information about the presence or absence of sexually transmitted disease. It is possible to take various swabs at the time of the smear test and send these off to the microbiology laboratory to detect if infection is present. Therefore if you are concerned about the possibility of a sexually transmitted infection you should say that to your doctor because additional samples must be taken apart from the actual smear.