The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually given to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends testing for: Sexually active women age 25 or youngerOlder women with risk factors for chlamydial infections, such as those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partnersAll pregnant womenMen who have sex with menPeople diagnosed with a different sexually transmitted disease
The CDC also suggests that screening should be considered for sexually active young men in areas where chlamydia is common.
US Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for chalmydial infection.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 2007:147;128-134.
Workowski KA, Berman S, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010.
Last reviewed May 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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