Strategies to Improve Retesting Rates

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Identifying Patients for Retesting One practice-based factor that leads to low retesting rates is lack of a consistent method for identifying patients due for retesting when they visit the office for another reason. To prevent missed opportunities for retesting, it is recommended to institute system-level interventions, such as paper or electronic chart prompts (“pop-ups”), to […]

Clinical Practice Tools

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Risk Assessment, Screening and Treatment Sexual Risk Assessment and Risk Factors for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2011) Guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Control Branch in collaboration with the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. This tool for providers offers content on sexual risk assessment and specific risk factors by […]

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 […]

Tips for Communicating about Sexual Health

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Below are recommendations and information that can help you talk to patients in a sensitive, open, and non-judgmental manner. Avoid asking questions in a way that implies there is a right or wrong answer, such as: “You always use condoms, right?” or “You don’t have partners outside your marriage, do you?” Be specific about how […]