Who should get screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

 It depends on your age…

The US Preventive Services Task Force is the organization that reviews the most cost-effective, efficient treatments. They suggest that all sexually active women, ages 24 or younger, should be screened for both gonorrhea and chlamydia.   Women older than 24 should be screened for those two sexually transmitted infections (STIs) if they are at “increased risk.” (Think new partners, multiple partners, or vaginal discharge with itching, burning or odor.)

For men, there is not sufficient evidence to make a recommendation for OR against screening.

Facoid:  Did you know that the two most common STIs in America are chlamydial infections with 1.4 million cases in 2012 and gonococcal infections with 330,000 cases in 2012? Half of the cases of STIs are in people aged 15 to 24.


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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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