Cervical lesion

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

Sexually transmitted diseases

Genital swab for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis (PCR and culture).

Virus detection, PCR for Herpes simplex virus if there is a suspicious lesion.

Sexual partner(s) must also be tested.

Expert counselling is required.

Cervical carcinoma

Cervical cytology; cervical biopsy (colposcopically directed) of any suspicious lesion, as cervical cytology fails to detect a serious lesion (including malignancy) in up to 50% of patients.

There is a strong association between some strains of Human papillomavirus infection and cervical carcinoma.