Chlamydia Screening and Risk Factors Among Women Over Age 25


CDC guidelines recommend screening sexually-active women aged <26 years for chlamydia annually and targeted screening of women aged >25 years with risk factors. However, these risk factors are not adequately defined; risk factor data are not consistently collected; and current criteria are not sufficiently predictive of chlamydial infection in older women.

Objectives of Symposium:

Review current chlamydia screening practices and efforts to assess risk factors and refine guidelines for screening women over age 25.

Implications for Programs, Policy, and/or Research:

An enhanced understanding of screening practices and risk factors predictive of chlamydial infection among older women could improve the efficiency of screening programs and targeted use of limited resources.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008: 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Williford A/B
10:30 AM
Clinician understanding of regional screening criteria and screening practices in older women
Robert McKenna, Family Planning Council; Catherine E. Wright, MPH, Family Planning Council
10:45 AM
Developing chlamydia screening guidelines for women over age 25
Holly Howard, MPH, CA Department of Health Services; Joan M. Chow, MPH, DrPH, California Department of Health Services
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