Analysis of Chlamydia Re-testing Rates. Family Planning Update. Massachusetts 2008-2009. Background.
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Family Planning Update
“Repeat infections confer an elevated risk for PID and other complications when compared with the initial infection. Therefore, recently infected women are a major priority for repeat testing for C. trachomatis. Clinicians and health-care agencies should consider advising all women with chlamydial infection to be retested approximately 3 months after treatment. Providers also are strongly encouraged to retest all women treated for chlamydial infection whenever they next seek medical care within the following 3–12 months, regardless of whether the patient believes that her sex partners were treated.”
(From CDC’s 2006 STD Treatment Guidelines )
Bill Dumas faxed lists once a month to the family planning clinics. The lists had names of patients who tested positive for Chlamydia 3 months ago and were due for a rescreen.
Results in Family Planning Clinics
N=116Proportion of Positives in Women in FP Clinics Re-tested for Chlamydia 3-12 Months (90-365 Days) after Initial Positive Diagnosis
Women > 18 years Chlamydia
Women < 18 yearsWithin each age group, what percent of women in FP clinics got re-tested?