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Medical News & Perspectives
March 3, 2010

Experts Reconsider Wisdom of Limiting Chlamydia Screening Only to Women

JAMA. 2010;303(9):823-824. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.211

As public health experts get a better handle on the high incidence of repeated infections with Chlamydia trachomatis among US adolescents, the need for better screening and intervention has become obvious. Now research has revived the notion that inadequate screening among boys and young men has helped push the revolving door of repeated chlamydia infection.

Experts have known for years that repeated chlamydia infections are common in young women. But few studies have examined whether these are reinfections or treatment failures, or whether repeated infection is as common in young men as in young women. Studies of adolescents in clinics and school-based screening programs are beginning to fill in some of these knowledge gaps.

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