Pregnancy screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea: What nurses need to know

05/7/2013

Many pregnant women are not receiving the chlamydia and gonorrhea screening they need, according to a recent study. Nurses caring for pregnant women must be knowledgeable about current screening guidelines and educate their patients, according to an article in Nursing for Women's Health. The CDC recommends chlamydia screening for all pregnant women at their first prenatal visit and that women aged 25 and under or those with new or multiple partners be rescreened in the third trimester. Women who test positive should be treated and retested in three to four weeks, and again in three to six months. The CDC recommends gonorrhea testing in the first trimester for women with risk factors including drug abuse and for those younger than 25. Uninfected women who continue to have risk factors should be retested in the third trimester, and those who test positive initially should be retested in three to six months. A test of cure three to four weeks after treatment is not recommended for gonorrhea. Read the abstract.

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