Adolescent: STI screening, Pap smear

STI screening


New laboratory methods allow for easy, noninvasive testing for important STIs.

In particular, highly sensitive and specific DNA amplification tests, such as those using the polymerase chain reaction, can be performed on urine specimens to identify infections with Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, making spontaneous testing more appealing to most at-risk teenagers. In the past, these infections were identified only after a cervical specimen was obtained during the pelvic examination.

Pap Smear

Interpreting Cytology Results

Last updated February 2009
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