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Low Chlamydia Screening Rates Spur Outreach to Health Professionals
Date:4/16/2009

n 2007 were 81.7 percent in commercial health plans and 64.7 percent in Medicaid health plans.

"Because chlamydia is easily diagnosed and treated, many of the severe health consequences of chlamydia are preventable," said John M. Douglas, Jr., M.D., director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention. "Health care providers, educators and public health professionals must do much more to let young, sexually active women know how important it is that they be tested for chlamydia every year. It is also imperative that health care providers make screening a routine part of their medical practice."

Annual chlamydia screening is recommended for women 25 years of age and younger and others at high risk of infection by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, CDC, and professional organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Regular screening not only reduces the health consequences of chlamydia, but it is also cost-effective. According to the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, if 90 percent of eligible women were screened each year, 30,000 cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) could be prevented annually. Urine-based screening tests make it possible to conduct screening without invasive medical procedures, while treatment with an antibiotic cures the infection.

Partnership for Prevention is a membership organization of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies advancing policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans. We seek to increase investment in preventing disease and promoting health and to make prevention a national priority. Partnership convened the National Chlamydia Coalition made up of health professional groups, governmental agencies, and women's and youth advocacy groups, with funding support from the CDC.


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