- Many women with gonorrhea and chlamydia are
- Notifying and treating partners of infected
men is most effective
- Presumptive treatment is option for those
at high risk
Many women infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia, infections
that can have serious long-term consequences, have no symptoms.
Thus, infection in these women is often left untreated.
Perhaps the most reliable way to treat asymptomatic women who
may have STDs is through their infected male partners. Diagnosing
men with gonorrhea or chlamydia is very reliable using the urethral
discharge algorithm. It is important to contact and treat the
partners of men with these infections even if these women
have no symptoms. STD clinics that treat mainly men should be
encouraged to notify and refer the mens partners for treatment.
Another treatment approach under consideration is presumptive
treatment for everyone in a particular area or situation. For
example, all sex workers might be treated for gonorrhea and
chlamydia in a specific geographical area where rates of these
infections are high.