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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Abstract

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 ID: 13717
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Chlamydia; Surveillance
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ISSN: 1326-0200
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%
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