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Don’t put your patients’ fertility at risk

08/02/2016

If you are not screening your high-risk patients for chlamydia, you could be risking their reproductive health. Chlamydia is the most common and costly sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the United States among women under the age of 25.

High-risk patients are young women who:

  1. are sexually active, and/or
  2. have been prescribed birth control.

Most won’t have or complain about any symptoms. When left untreated, chlamydia can lead to infertility — a dire consequence for an infection that is so easily treated and cured.

We urge you to make chlamydia screening tests part of your routine care for ALL of your sexually active, female patients under the age of 25. There is no out-of-pocket cost for this preventive service for ConnectiCare members. The test can be completed through a routine urine analysis using CPT code 87491.

We recently faxed information on chlamydia screening to providers with high-risk patients who haven’t been tested in 2016. We have also mailed information on chlamydia and screening to high-risk members and urged them to talk to their doctors.