[Question #7709] cervicitis + chlamydia

1 months ago

My partner tested positive for chlamydia in July 2020 (and based on previous tests she could not have been exposed more than 2 weeks). She was treated immediately, she subsequently had thrush and BV infections a  couple of times. Recently this has all cleared up, but she now has a polyp, and cervicitis (identified after a pap smear), we are unsure of the cause - The only thing we can think of is that it is related to the chlamydia - Is this likely? Or even possible? There do not appear to be any external irritants, does not use tampons, no other STI postive results since then.

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
1 months ago

Welcome to the forum.  Clinically cervicitis is a non-specific syndrome used to describe the presence of inflammatory white blood cells in a clinical specimen taken from the cervix.  Chlamydia, like gonorrhea is among the many potential calls but most people who have cervicitis have no specific cause found and the process may come and go without therapy.  If your partner has been tested for chlamydial infection, she can be confident she does not have chlamydial infection.  Current tests for chlamydia are amongst the most sensitive tests in all of medicine.

From your message, it sounds as though your partner is asymptomatic and the cervicitis finding was noted on a routine PAP smear.  If that is the case and she has been tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea (the two tests are typically done at the same time with the same specimen), my advice would be to not worry about this.

Hope this is helpful.  EWH

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