What are we tracking and why?
We track the percentage of sexually active females aged 16 – 24 who were screened for Chlamydia annually.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., affecting both men and women. It is highly contagious through vaginal, anal and oral sex, but it is curable. However, Chlamydia may not present any symptoms and infections are often undiagnosed as a result. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system.
Early detection and treatment of chlamydia is cost effective and can help prevent adverse health and social consequences of untreated chlamydia infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy, and aids in identifying people at increased risk for HIV.
How are we doing?
What are we doing to improve?
We provide two 20-minute appointments for patients 16 years old and older in our Pediatrics Clinic to allow more time to discuss sexual health using signage, pamphlets, and open discussion to encourage them to transfer to our Adolescent Clinic where conversations on sexual health are more productive.
Chlamydia Screening is discussed when taking vitals, and parents are told that they may be asked to step out of the room so an open discussion can occur with the patient.
We utilize the CDC public health toolkit to encourage discussion and dissemination of sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing information with our patients, and to train providers to educate and encourage patients to get tested.
We provide education to providers and support staff on Chlamydia Screening and guidelines.
Our Medical Readiness Clinic completes Chlamydia Screening during scheduled appointments with active duty service members.
We review each patient’s health record prior to an appointment to identify delinquent health screenings, and contact him/her by phone, email, or Secure Messaging to schedule the delinquent screenings or inform him/her that screening(s) will be recommended at their next appointment.
What can you do?
If you are sexually active, it is important to have the Chlamydia screening at least once every year. Remember, over half of the men and women with this infection do not have any symptoms, so the screening test may be the only way of knowing whether or not you are infected. A Chlamydia screening can be accomplished with a simple urine test or during a pelvic exam. Be sure to ask your sexual partner(s) to also be tested every year.
If you wish to learn more about STDs like Chlamydia, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider and be truthful about your sexual activity. Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, OB-GYN, Internal Medicine, and Medical Readiness, are good clinic options for you to consider for your visit.
You may also call the National STD and AIDS hotline at 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-Info) for more information.