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Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening in the emergency department setting: increasing evidence of utility and need for further research

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    1 Chief, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Population Science and Policy.
    ,
    Author Footnotes
    2 Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine.
    Wiley D. Jenkins
    Footnotes
    1 Chief, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Population Science and Policy.
    2 Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine.
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    Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, 201 E. Madison Street, Springfield, IL 62794-9664, United States of America
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  • Author Footnotes
    1 Chief, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Population Science and Policy.
    2 Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine.
Published:October 18, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2018.10.033
      I applaud the work of Garlock et al. in investigating the utility of chlamydia (CT) and gonorrhea (GC) screening in emergency departments (ED). In the time of record levels of these infections and the specter of antimicrobial resistant gonorrhea (AMR GC) on the horizon, new means to identify and treat those at risk are sorely needed [
      • Garlock J.
      • Lee L.
      • Cucci M.
      • Frazee L.A.
      • Mullen C.
      Suspected gonorrhea and chlamydia: incidence and utilization of empiric antibiotics in a health system emergency department setting.
      ,
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      STDs at record high, indicating urgent need for prevention.
      ,
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.
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