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.

Screening Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends testing for:

    
  • Sexually active women age 25 or younger
  • Older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections, such as those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners
  • All pregnant women
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People 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.