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STDs and Women

Worldwide, there are approximately 357 million new infections of chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Many STDs show no symptoms in women but left untreated, STDs can lead can cause a range of problems. Keep reading for more information about STD risks and prevention. Continue reading “STDs and Women” »

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Pregnant Women and STDs

Pregnancy is the culmination of a lifelong dream. With it comes many concerns, and STD testing should be foremost among these. That’s the last thing that many women consider when they first learn of their pregnancy. However, STD testing can be essential to ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

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About Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer

Knowing all there is to know about ovarian cancer helps you improve your gynecological health. Rather than let a symptom slide, you’ll know when it’s best to see your gynecologist for additional instructions. Your ovarian health relies on your ability to know what causes cancer and how to avoid it. Continue reading “About Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer” »

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How Exercise Can Reduce Cervical Cancer Risk

Statistics suggest that nearly 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. Additionally, approximately 4,100 women will die from the disease this year.

This makes the news that moderate exercise can significantly reduce an individual’s risk for developing cervical cancer all the more critical.

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Does a Pap Smear Test for STDs?

Not a Simple Yes or No Answer

Many women think that their doctors are testing them for STDs as part of their annual physical exams. However, that is not the case. Just because you’re getting a Pap smear and a pelvic exam, it does not mean that you’re getting tested for STDs.A female doctor set in her office

Certain types of Pap smear include HPV testing on the sample taken from your cervix, and sometimes damage or swelling from other STDs could show up on your Pap smear.

Comprehensive STD Screening is the Only Way

The only way to test for STDs common in sexually active adults is for a comprehensive test. Diseases such as chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis or herpes can only be screened for by specific tests that target those diseases.

Sometimes people confuse wet mounts with Pap smears. A wet mount is a slide made from a swab of your vagina. The slide shows vaginal infections and other conditions like bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis — the most common STD in young women.

A Pap smear, in contrast, is a swab of your cervix that a doctor in a pathology lab examines to find signs of cervical cancer. Neither wet mounts nor Pap smears alone can identify most common STDs.

Should I get a Pap smear or an STD test?

If you’re concerned about STDs, you should have a comprehensive STD test because a Pap smear cannot scan for them. Pap smears are still very important for detecting cervical cancer early. Regular physical exams including Pap smears or STD testing — especially for women with multiple partners — is paramount to maintaining sound reproductive and sexual health.


Some TEST SMARTLY LABS locations offer comprehensive STD screening. To learn more about what services we offer, contact your nearest location today.



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Cervical Cancer & HPV Prevention

In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we shared the basics on cervical cancer and HPV last week.

Now, we’re exploring what preventative measures you can take to help lower your risk of cervical cancer or HPV.

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Women, It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month! Learn About HPV & Cervical Cancer

In addition to the new year, there’s another reason to celebrate January. Women, did you know that it’s Cervical Health Awareness Month?

During this month, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition works to educate the nation on the issues associated with cervical health, like cervical cancer, HPV, preventative methods, early detection, and more.

To help their efforts, we are highlighting some of the key information about these topics this month.

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STDs & Cervical Cancer: What Women Need to Know

September is a big month for women’s sexual health: there are four big awareness holidays to celebrate, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month, Menopause Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month.

Today, we’re exploring how one of the five main gynecological cancers — cervical cancer — relates to STDs.

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