Journal article

Screening pregnant women for chlamydia: what are the predictors of infection?

MY Chen, CK Fairley, D De Guingand, J Hocking, S Tabrizi, EM Wallace, S Grover, L Gurrin, R Carter, M Pirotta, S Garland

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine the risk factors associated with chlamydial infection in pregnancy and the sensitivity and specificity of these when used for selective screening. METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional study of pregnant women aged 16-25 years attending four major public antenatal services across Melbourne, Australia. Between October 2006 and July 2007, women were approached consecutively and asked to complete a questionnaire and to provide a first-pass urine specimen for Chlamydia trachomatis testing using PCR. RESULTS: Of 1180 eligible women, 1087 were approached and 1044 (88%) consented to participate. Among the 987 women for whom a questionnaire and a definitive diagnostic assay..

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Awarded by NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing through a Chlamydia Pilot Program Targeted Grant. MC and JH were supported by NHMRC fellowships 400399 and 359276, respectively.