CDC Updates Recommendations for Lab Diagnosis of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia — Physician’s First Watch
CDC Updates Recommendations for Lab Diagnosis of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
By Amy Orciari Herman
The CDC has updated its 2002 recommendations regarding screening tests to detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections.
Published in MMWR, the guidance continues to recommend nucleic acid amplification testing as the standard method but now specifies that vaginal swabs are the preferred specimen for screening women. In addition, rectal and oropharyngeal specimens may be collected among populations at risk for extragenital tract infections, including men who have sex with men.
The comprehensive document covers a wide range of testing considerations, including a discussion of tests not recommended for routine use.