Healthcare quality measure:
This measure looks at women 21 to 24 years of age who are sexually active (having sex). It shows the percent of those patients who had a chlamydia screening test during the past year.
Only women who are sexually active need to have chlamydia tests. Just because a woman is on birth control pills or has a pregnancy test does not mean she is sexually active. This fact can affect the scores for this measure. Sometimes a medical group scores low – even when doctors test most women who need chlamydia tests.
Reasons for this measure:
Chlamydia is an infection that is easily spread through sexual contact. It is hard to know if you are infected with chlamydia because it has few symptoms. In fact, chlamydia has no symptoms in 3 out of 4 women who have it. Sometimes, the only way to know if a woman has chlamydia is with a screening test done as part of a routine health exam. A chlamydia screening is one of the best ways to find and treat it. A woman is no longer contagious (able to spread the infections) once she is treated for chlamydia. However, more than half of sexually active women are not screened.
Women with untreated chlamydia infections are at risk for many health problems. These problems include: