Journal article

What do young women living in regional and rural Victoria say about chlamydia testing? A qualitative study

Emma Wagg, Jane Hocking, Jane Tomnay

Sexual Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020


Background Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly notified sexually transmissible infection in Australia, with almost 100000 cases diagnosed in 2018. Chlamydia is easy to diagnose and treat, but infections are underdiagnosed. Eighty per cent of chlamydia cases are asymptomatic. Without testing, infections will remain undetected. Several barriers to testing have been identified in previous research, including cost, privacy concerns for young rural people, knowledge gaps, embarrassment and stigma. The aim of this study was to investigate young regional and rural women's understanding of chlamydia and factors that may prevent or delay testing. METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conduct..

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