Only Half of Sexually Active Women Receive Appropriate STD Screening

New data shows that only half of women ages 14 to 25 receiving are routinely screened for Chlamydia which is the most common STD in the United States and easily treated when caught early. However, minority women, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, are being screened more than Caucasians.

It appears that healthcare providers are failing to provide STD screening for Caucasian women. The researchers reported that African American women were 2.7 times and Hispanic women were 9.7 times more likely than Caucasians to receive Chlamydia screening. In addition, African American and Hispanic women who have been pregnant in the past were even more likely to be screened.

Additional factors affecting screening included a past history of STDs, age, and insurance. Interestingly enough, the study found that women with private insurance coverage were the least likely to be screened.


University School of Medicine