USPSTF draft guidelines recommend STD screening for some women

04/28/2014 | HealthDay News

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued draft guidelines recommending routine screenings for chlamydia and gonorrhea in sexually active female patients up to age 24. More than 1.4 million chlamydia cases were reported in 2011, while about 800,000 people develop a gonorrhea infection annually. "Many women with chlamydia and gonorrhea infections do not experience any initial symptoms. They are at risk for long-term complications including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and chronic pelvic pain," said task force chairman Michael LeFevre.

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