Can a pap smear detect herpes?

Answer Pap smears do not detect herpes. It's possible your healthcare provider may notice herpes lesions during your pap smear, but viral cultures and blood tests are what you need to confirm herpes. A no... Read More »

Top Q&A For: Can a pap smear detect herpes

Will a pap smear check for herpes?

A pap smear is a procedure used to check women for cervical abnormalities that might indicate cancerous cells. Genital herpes, however, is found through viral cultures of a sore, a blood test or a ... Read More »

Can a pap smear detect HIV?

Pap smears detect viral infections such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) and other conditions leading to cervical cancer, but they are not able to detect the presence of the HIV virus. On the othe... Read More »

Can a pap smear detect pregnancy?

Pap smears are used only to determine if unusual cells are on the cervix that can indicate viruses or cancer. A pap smear cannot detect pregnancy, although a woman can request a separate pregnancy ... Read More »

What STDs can a pap smear detect?

A pap smear is designed to test for one type of STD: human papilloma virus, or HPV. Some strains of the HPV virus lead to abnormal cervical cells or cervical cancer. Early detection of HPV with a p... Read More »