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Management of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection


Chlamydia trachomatis is the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted infection in Scotland. Although the majority of men and women with chlamydial infection are asymptomatic it can cause significant short- and long-term morbidity with accompanying costs to the individual and the health service.

Remit and target users

This guideline covers chlamydial infection of the genital tract and rectum and provides recommendations on: laboratory tests; testing asymptomatic groups at risk of infection; testing for other sexually transmitted infections; antimicrobial treatments; follow up and test of cure; partner notification; primary prevention and prevention of re-infection; and provision of information for patients and partners.

This guideline will be of interest to primary care practitioners, patients, people at risk of infection, charities and voluntary organisations with an interest in sexual health, microbiologists, pharmacists, medical and nursing specialists in sexual health and genitourinary medicine, gynaecologists, sexual health advisers, and public health specialists.

How this guideline was developed

This guideline was developed using a standard methodology based on a systematic review of the evidence. Further details can be found in SIGN 50: A Guideline Developer’s Handbook .

Keeping up to date

This guideline was issued in 2009 and will be considered for review in three years. The review history, and any updates to the guideline in the interim period, will be noted in the review report.

If you are aware of any new evidence that would update this guideline please complete a change request form and return to:

>7 years

Use with caution, declaration of interests governance may not be in line with current policy.


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SIGN 109, March 2009
ISBN 978 1 905813 44 5

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