Reducing STIs Through Equitable Chlamydia Screenings in Pediatric Settings

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Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are at an all-time high, a trend that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 1.8 million cases of chlamydia were recorded in 2019, and nearly half of infections occurred in youth ages 15-24. Routine population-based screening is a key strategy to reducing the morbidity and transmission of chlamydia. Despite clinical practice guidelines, rates of chlamydia screening in pediatric care settings are both too low and often inequitable. 

This Research at a Glance highlights recent research conducted at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and supported by a PolicyLab and Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness pilot grant that aims to better understand and reduce drivers of inequitable screening practices.

Authors:

Wood S, Min J, Tam V, Pickel J, Petsis D, Campbell K