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No case for chlamydia screening?

From Dr Michael Blackmore

Ringwood, Hants

If the figures quoted in your article on chlamydia screening (News, 1 June) are correct then there can be no case for screening as those who were screened and found to be negative for infection had a risk of complications between two and four times those who were never screened at all.

For those who were screened and positive for infection, the differences between positive and negative groups for the major complications of PID and ectopic pregnancy were small and may not have reached significance. It is difficult to understand how Dr Sarah Gray reaches her conclusion that screening is worthwhile.

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