The pattern of notification and testing for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Victoria, 1998-2000: an ecological analysis
Hocking, Jane, Fairley, Christopher, Counahan, Megan, and Crofts, Nick (2003) The pattern of notification and testing for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Victoria, 1998-2000: an ecological analysis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 (4). pp. 405-408.
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OBJECTIVE: This ecological study analyses routinely collected chlamydia notification and testing data to investigate any patterns.
METHODS: Age and sex-specific chlamydia notification and testing rates for Victoria were calculated for the period 1998 to 2000.
RESULTS: Chlamydia notification and testing rates rose between 1998 and 2000. Notification rates were higher among women aged 15 to 24 years than men of the same age (p < 0.01) and higher among 25 to 44-year-olds living in metropolitan rather than rural/regional Victoria (p < 0.01). Testing rates were higher for women than men (p < 0.01) and higher in metropolitan rather than rural/regional areas (p < 0.01) in all groups except women aged 15-24 years.
CONCLUSIONS: These increasing rates highlight that chlamydia infection represents a substantial public health problem.
IMPLICATIONS: Although these data provide useful information showing these rates vary with age and sex, formal epidemiological prevalence and risk factor studies are required.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
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|Date Deposited:||26 Nov 2010 04:02|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 100%|