Why Screen for Chlamydia

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers covers the latest information and tools for healthcare providers to:

  • Improve delivery of chlamydia screening to patients
  • Make chlamydia screening and care a routine part of a medical practice
  • Provide confidential care to adolescents
  • Take a sexual history with adolescent and adult patients

Why Screen for Chlamydia? was developed by Partnership for Prevention with the assistance of members of the National Chlamydia Coalition, whose members are working together to increase chlamydia screening rates.  ACOG is a member of this coalition.

The 12-page booklet can be downloaded for free or purchased at  www.prevent.org/NCC.

ACOG recommends annual screening for sexually active women 25 years of age and under. A urine test allows women to be screened for chlamydia without invasive procedures.

Chlamydia is a silent infection, often causing no symptoms. Left untreated chlamydia may cause pelvic inflammatory disease which, untreated, may result in infertility, ectopic pregnancy, or chronic pelvic pain for young women. A pregnant woman with chlamydia can pass the infection to her infant. Prompt treatment with an antibiotic can prevent these complications.


Caitlin Phelps, MA
Director of Gynecology

Lyndona Charles
Special Assistant, Gynecology and Ethics