Why It Is Done
A test for chlamydia is done to:
- See whether symptoms of a sexually transmitted
infection (STI) are caused by a chlamydia infection.
- Check people who
are at high risk for being infected with chlamydia. A chlamydia infection does
not always cause symptoms. The
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
recommends checking for chlamydia for:
- All sexually active women age 24 or
- Women older than age 24 with
high-risk sexual behaviors.
- All pregnant
women in the first trimester and again in the third trimester if high-risk
sexual behaviors are reported. Treating a pregnant woman who has a chlamydia
infection can prevent an infection in her newborn.
- All women with
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
women with symptoms of a cervical infection (cervicitis)
found on a
- Check for infection in a newborn whose mother had
a chlamydia infection at the time of delivery.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
December 11, 2012
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