Publications & Reports

The pattern of notification and testing for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Victoria, 1998-2000: an ecological analysis.

Hocking J, Fairley C, Counahan M, Crofts N
Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Department of Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3001. hocking@burnet.edu.au

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.

Publication

  • Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
  • Published: 01/04/2003
  • Volume: 27
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 405-408