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Chlamydia Screening Still Only Covers Four In Ten

Last Updated: April 20, 2009.

The national screening rate for chlamydia has increased from 25.3 percent in 2000 to 41.6 percent in 2007, but more extensive screening is needed to reduce the burden of infections, according to a study published in the April 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

MONDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- The national screening rate for chlamydia has increased from 25.3 percent in 2000 to 41.6 percent in 2007, but more extensive screening is needed to reduce the burden of infections, according to a study published in the April 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

K. Ahmed, Ph.D., of the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, D.C., and colleagues analyzed health plan data for 41 states with at least five health plans reporting to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set from 2000 to 2007.

There were significant regional variations in screening rates, with the highest being in the Northeast at 45.5 percent and lowest being the South at 37.3 percent in 2007. Utah was the state with the lowest screening rate, at 20.8 percent, while Hawaii, at 57.8 percent, had the highest rate, the researchers found.

"Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States, with more than 2.8 million new cases estimated to occur each year," the authors write. "Increased screening by health care providers is necessary to reduce the burden of chlamydial infection in the United States."

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