The silent epidemic: Screening for Chlamydia in a military population

Peacock, Simone, Debattista, Joseph and Miranda Mortlock (2006) The silent epidemic: Screening for Chlamydia in a military population. ADF Health, 7 14-19.

Author Peacock, Simone
Debattista, Joseph
Miranda Mortlock
Title The silent epidemic: Screening for Chlamydia in a military population
Journal name ADF Health
ISSN 1443-1033
Publication date 2006-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Start page 14
End page 19
Total pages 6
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Pubishing Co
Language eng
Abstract Aims: To determine the prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in young military personnel and to assess possible risk indicators based on age, sex, and sexual behaviour. Design, setting and participants: Sexual behaviour questionnaire and polymerase chain reaction chlamydia screening of first-catch urine specimens from 103 military personnel aged 18–29 years presenting to military health facilities at Gallipoli Barracks. An ageand sex-matched civilian group was recruited from an urban sexual health clinic. Outcome measures: Prevalence of positive screening results; self-reported symptoms and sexual behaviour (overseas sexual activity; number of sexual partners in previous 12 months; condom use). Results: Of the 103 people tested, two (1 man, 1 woman) were positive for C. trachomatis. More men reported having sex overseas and more than five partners in the previous year. Younger subjects were more likely to have sex overseas, have more than five partners, and use condoms more often. No condom use was associated with monogamy, but three-quarters of those with multiple partners reported regular condom use. Conclusion: A larger, more comprehensive tri-Service survey is needed to assess the prevalence of chlamydia and sexual risk behaviour, the consequences on fertility, the impact of doxycycline regimens on infection prevalence, and the efficacy of screening programs for Defence personnel
Keyword Chlamydia trachomatis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 25 Nov 2010, 14:53:40 EST by Dr Miranda Y. Mortlock on behalf of School of Agriculture and Food Sciences