The prevalence of abnormal cervical cytology in a sexually transmitted diseases clinic

M. B. Kanno, R. H.N. Nguyen, E. M. Lee, J. M. Zenilman, E. J. Erbelding

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Women seeking sexually transmitted disease (STD) services are at high risk of human papillomavirus infections. Cervical cytological screening with Papanicolau staining (Pap smear) is not consistently offered at public STD clinics. We reviewed Pap smear results on a series of 1000 female STD clinic attendees, abstracted demographics, risk behaviours and STD diagnosis from the clinical record and tested for associations with abnormal Pap smear. In all, 5.7% of the satisfactory specimens (56/993) were abnormal; increasing age category, genital warts, and chlamydia infections were independently associated with an abnormal Pap smear in multivariate analysis. Routine Pap smear screening provided satisfactory results in the STD clinic and, where population-based programmes are not available, should be fully integrated into public STD care, (particularly in settings serving younger women).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-552
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Chlamydia
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Pap smear
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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