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Chlamydia: clinical review


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Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common bacterial STI in the UK, and because it is often asymptomatic, is often detected via screening: healthcare professionals are recommended to have a low threshold for testing. Untreated it poses a risk of ongoing sexual transmission, and can lead to complications including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

This module reviews the pathological and clinical manifestations of chlamydial disease and discusses management in the UK. Learning points include risk assessment and the use of antibiotic therapy.


After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Explain the epidemiology of chlamydia
  • Recognise risk on the basis of sexual history
  • Investigate appropriately
  • Weigh up the risks and benefits of different antibiotics and choose an appropriate first line treatment


Dr Sarah Duncan, Consultant in GUM, Darlington and Dr Jackie Sherrard, Consultant in GUM, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.