Cervical lesion

Last updated: Tuesday, 27, July, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

Sexually transmitted diseases

Genital swab for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis.

Virus detection, culture 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 infection with some strains of human papillomavirus and cervical carcinoma.