Chlamydia Screenings Declining Among Women

woman thinking with her hand over her mouth( — Less than half of women in the U.S. are being screened for chlamydia, an STD that could lead to infertility.

Screening rates have spiked up from 25 percent in 2000 to nearly 42 percent in 2007, but that is still far too few women being screened, the team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The CDC’s Dr. Karen Hoover and colleagues looked at the records of public and private health plans representing more than 40 percent of the U.S. population for the study.

“Nationally, the annual screening rate increased from 25.3 percent in 2000 to 43.6 percent in 2006, and then decreased slightly to 41.6 percent in 2007,” the researchers wrote in the CDC’s weekly report on death and disease.

“Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, with more than 2.8 million new cases estimated to occur each year,” they wrote.