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Recommended screenings for chlamydia and gonorrhea

A Canadian guidelines review

O'Byrne, Patrick, PhD, RN-EC

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000552681.53898.05
Feature: SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
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Abstract: Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most commonly diagnosed bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and both are increasing in incidence. Because these STIs are often asymptomatic and found at extragenital sites, such as the pharynx and rectum, it is important that clinicians know when and how to screen for them. This article reviews recent updates to Canadian screening guidelines, including the evidence that led to updates on this topic.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most commonly diagnosed bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and both are increasing in incidence. Because these STIs are often asymptomatic and found at extragenital sites, such as the pharynx and rectum, it is important that clinicians know when and how to screen for them.

Patrick O'Byrne is an associate professor and NP at the University of Ottawa School of Nursing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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