What specimen source/type should I use for screening?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory recommendations for chlamydia screening that were published April 2014 state that a vaginal swab is the preferred specimen type for women. It can either be clinician-collected or self-collected. Other acceptable sources are a cervical swab or a first-pass urine sample. For men, the recommended specimen is […]

What should I know about screening males?

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There is no recommendation to routinely screen for chlamydia among heterosexual males. But, screening sexually active adolescent and young adult men should be considered in clinical settings with a high prevalence of chlamydia (e.g., adolescent clinics, correctional facilities, and sexually transmitted disease clinics) or in populations with high burden of infection (e.g., gay, bisexual, and […]

Why do I need to retest after treatment?

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Chlamydial reinfections are very common—as many as 1 in 5 people will have a repeat infection with chlamydia within the first few months after they are treated for their initial infection. Untreated chlamydia can increase a woman’s risk for developing: pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. In fact, women who […]