Chlamydia trachomatis incidence and re-infection among young women – behavioural and microbiological characteristics
Walker, Jennifer; Tabrizi, Sepehr N.; Fairley, Christopher K.; Chen, Marcus Y.; Bradshaw, Catriona S.; Twin, Jimmy; Taylor, Nicole; Donovan, Basil; Kaldor, John M.; McNamee, Kathleen; Urban, Eve; Walker, Sandra; Currie, Marian; Birden, Hudson; Bowden, Francis; Gunn, Jane; Pirotta, Marie; Gurrin, Lyle; Harindra, Veerakathy; Garland, Suzanne M.; Hocking, Jane S.
BACKGROUND This study aimed to estimate rates of chlamydia incidence and re-infection and to investigate the dynamics of chlamydia organism load in prevalent, incident and re-infections among young Australian women. METHODS 1,116 women aged 16 to 25 years were recruited from primary care clinics in Australia. Vaginal swabs were collected at 3 to 6 month intervals for chlamydia testing. Chlamydia organism load was measured by quantitative PCR. RESULTS There were 47 incident cases of chlamydia...[Show more]
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