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Does a Smear Test Detect STIs?

If you’ve recently been asked to attend a cervical screening, you may have some concerns about whether or not that cervical screening can detect an STI. To answer this question, let’s talk about the process of cervical screening and its relationship with STIs and STI tests. 

So, is cervical screening a test for STIs? No, a cervical screening does not include testing for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV or hepatitis. The test is intended to screen women for precursors of cervical cancer, which is caused by specific strains of the Human Papillomavirus. For other STIs, such as the ones listed above, a different method is necessary. 

Read on to learn more about cervical screening, the methods used, who needs to be screened and what your results mean. 

Health Screening with Your Sexual Health

Unfortunately, the HPV tested for when having a smear test isn’t offered by Your Sexual Health, a private sexual health clinic which has branches all around mainland Britain and Northern Ireland. The advantages of private testing are numerous. You will receive your results in as little as 5 days and you can carry out your own test at home. 

Your Sexual Health is a leader in private sexual health testing that offers complete confidentiality at every step of the sexual health screening process. For more information on the topic of full sexual health screening, follow the link provided.