Bottom Line: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all sexually active women 24 or younger and women 25 or older at increased risk for infection be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea. The USPSTF concludes current evidence is insufficient to make a recommendation about screening for these infections in men. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are among the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States, with approximately 1.8 million cases of chlamydia and more than 600,000 cases of gonorrhea reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2019. The USPSTF routinely makes recommendations about the effectiveness of preventive care services and this updated statement is consistent with its 2014 recommendation.
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