Journal article

Do we need to worry about sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in older women in Australia? An investigation of STI trends between 2000 and 2018

Louise Bourchier, Sue Malta, Meredith Temple-Smith, Jane Hocking

Sexual Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background This study examined trends in chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis diagnosis, and chlamydia testing and positivity, among older women in Australia between 2000 and 2018. METHODS: Using national notifiable disease data and Medicare data, diagnosis rates were calculated for each sexually transmissible infection (STI), as well as testing and positivity rates for chlamydia. Data were compared between two older groups (55-64 and 65-74 years) and two younger groups (15-24 and 25-34 years). Poisson regression examined trends for 2000-18 and 2014-18 separately. RESULTS: Rates for all STIs increased across all age groups and were highest in the two youngest age groups. From 2014 to 2018, chl..

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