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CDC Recommends Aggressive Treatment for Chlamydia

Magazine article Drug Topics

CDC Recommends Aggressive Treatment for Chlamydia

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Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) sometimes referred to as "the silent epidemic," is now easier to diagnose and treat, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterial infection that can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility, is the most common bacterial STD in the United States. Although the consequences of infection can be devastating, the infection often goes untreated since three out of four infected women and half of infected men have no symptoms.

At a press conference announcing new strategies for aggressive screening, diagnosis, and treatment of chlamydia, Judith N. Wasserheit, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC's Division on STD Prevention, told the audience that routine screening of women and their partners could save $2.2 billion over the present cost of treating infected women and their partners. New laboratory tests, including direct fluorescent antibody staining, antigen detection, and DNA probes, have allowed for easier and more accurate diagnosis of chlamydia infection.

Wasserheit said that with the screening of asymptomatic women, it's possible that chlamydia can be eradicated from the United States altogether. …

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