What screening test may be used for chlamydial genitourinary infections (chlamydia) in asymptomatic males?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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As a screening measure for asymptomatic males only, obtain urine for a leukocyte esterase test. This looks for white blood cells (WBCs), which are virtually diagnostic of chlamydial infection or gonorrhea in the absence of urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms. If the leukocyte esterase test result is positive, proceed with the usual diagnostic tests.


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