Presumptive antibiotics for chlamydia 'leading to overtreatment'

More than half of patients being treated have no STI at all, a study finds

Routine presumptive treatment for suspected chlamydia infection has led to overtreatment and should be reviewed in light of rising macrolide resistance, sexual health researchers warn.


They say the practice, recommended since at least 2017, has not only failed to dent chlamydia notifications but could also be causing more harm than good.

Australian STI Management Guidelines currently advise clinicians to “start treatment for patient and sexual partner(s) without waiting for lab results” if there is a high