Importance of chlamydia screening in young women

 Submitted by Connie Cutler, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, Director, Infection Prevention and Control

The  Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control has issued a  Health Notification on the importance of chlamydia screening in young women.


Chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection in Philadelphia as well as the United States. Chlamydia is known as a “silent” disease because so many who have the infection are asymptomatic (70-90% of infected females and up to 30% of infected males). In Philadelphia during 2013 there were over 10,000 cases of chlamydia reported among adolescents 15-24 years of age. Given that STDs are associated with life-long poor health outcomes and health care costs of more than $16 billion per year, it is critical that providers and health plans work to reduce the disproportionate impact of STDs on youth.


For current recommendations, read the Health Notification.


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