The CDC has recently released the Recommendations for Laboratory Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. As a result of advances in molecular diagnostics, the current recommendations are substantially different from the previous version published in 2002. Dr. Van Der Pol will provide data regarding the importance of chlamydia and gonorrhea screening and describe the process by which the current guidelines were developed. The application of the guidelines in both laboratories and in clinical settings will be described. Recommendations for testing non-genital (e.g. ano-rectal and oropharyngeal) samples will also be discussed. Adoption of the CDC recommendations will improve sexually transmitted infection control efforts and may help move screening toward a normative, sexual health maintenance practice.
The learner will be able to choose the appropriate type of assay to use for chlamydia/gonorrhea screening.
The learner will be able to provide appropriate screening options for patients who report anal or oral sex.