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Cost of Chlamydia

Q: Does screening for chlamydia save money?

Dr. Donnica:
According to studies reviewed by the third U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF):

  • The cost of screening women who are not pregnant and who are at risk for chlamydial infection may be less than the cost of treating chlamydia and its complications.
  • Screening patients at greatest risk is more cost effective than screening all patients.
  • DNA or RNA amplification tests are more sensitive than culture tests.

Information on the costs and cost savings of different screening and treatment methods is available at www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd/HEDIS.htm. For more information on chlamydia, click here

Created: 4/16/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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