Can a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?

by Rachel on January 24, 2011

I saw a patient who tested positive for gonorrhea and she was upset because she didn’t want to be tested nor did she know STD testing was going to be done. Is this because STD testing is just included as the standard-of-care for sexually active women at risk or did she need to give consent to STD testing first?
This is in IL by the way.

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Jamera's mommie(3/2/09) January 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

When u get a pap done they test u for everything but hiv/aids and herpes i believe. and she should be happy they tested her.

Val January 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

Testing for STD’d is standard. The only test which requires consent is the HIV test.

Princess D January 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

Usually the person needs to ask specifically for certain STD tests to be done. Some Dr’s automatically send a combination of std tests in with the pap smear because a.)some std’s do not have any signs or symptoms and they want to make sure that the person is free of those std’s (i.e. chlamydia, etc.) or b.) they may suspect that the person has something
It depends on the Dr. The dr doesn’t generally send in a full sliding scale of std checks with every person’s pap smear.

It’s good that she found out though, so they could treat her as early as possible.

CC January 25, 2011 at 12:26 am

a pap doesnt test for HIV or herpes… those are blood tests. the most common test for a pap is chlamydia, syphilis and HPV

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