Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed bacterial STI in Australia, with most notifications among people aged less than 30 years. Although often asymptomatic, chlamydia can have serious consequences if left untreated. Testing and treatment alone are not enough to reduce the burden of disease. Engaging in case management strategies, including partner management and retesting at 3 months, are essential to reduce ongoing transmision, reinfection in the index case and to prevent progression to complications, like PID.
Best practice chlamydia case management includes:
Test: opportunistically test all sexually active people aged <30 years, as well as anyone who identifies themselves at risk (for example, they ask for an STI test), annually.
Treat: according to Australian guidelines
Consider PID: when chlamydia is diagnosed in a patient with female reproductive organs.
Organise retesting: for reinfection in the index case at 3 months
Discuss partner management: all sexual partners from the previous six months should be notified.
This website provides an overview of the steps for best practice chlamydia case management, including helpful tips, resources and guidelines. Click on the arrows below to get started.