Introduction of Chlamydia trachomatis screening for young women in Germany

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Screening for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections for young sexually active women was incorporated into routine medical care of German statutory health insured patients starting in January 2008. The primary goal of this new preventive measure is the reduction of severe sequelae for women such as tubal infertility and ectopic pregnancies. The course of the deliberations leading to the Federal Joint Committee's decision is summarized in this review.

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