Journal article

The tip of the iceberg: opportunistic screening for Chlamydia trachomatis in asymptomatic patients attending a young people's health clinic reveals a high prevalence--a pilot study.

Stephanie Jones, Sue Barker, Eugene Athan, Stephen Graves

Sex Health | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We implemented an opportunistic screening programme for Chlamydia trachomatis amongst patients presenting to a young peoples' health service in the city of Geelong, Australia, to define the prevalence of infection and to identify specific risk factors. METHODS: Over a 7-month period sexually active patients attending the young peoples' clinic were offered C. trachomatis screening by nucleic acid amplification test. There was 100% acceptance rate among those offered the test. Patient demographics, reason for presentation at the clinic and reported symptoms were documented by the clinicians and correlated with laboratory findings. RESULTS: 163 patients between the ages of 12-25 wer..

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