Chlamydia Common Among Young Women and Men
August 3, 2007
A recent nationally representative survey of 6,632 people ages 14-39 found a significant number had chlamydia. Based on samples taken between 1999 and 2002, researchers estimated 2.2 percent of Americans within that age group had chlamydia infection and 0.24 percent had gonorrhea.
Sexually active adolescents, particularly girls, were well represented in the numbers having either infection, according to Dr. S. Deblina Datta and CDC colleagues. Almost half of those who had gonorrhea also had chlamydia. Young women have an "unacceptably high burden" of chlamydia infection, said researchers. Prevalence of chlamydia and gonorrhea was roughly the same in men and women but was disproportionately high among non-Hispanic black residents.
The findings "support current recommendations" to screen sexually active females age 25 and younger for chlamydia, to re-test those with previous chlamydia infection, and to co-treat individuals with gonorrhea for chlamydia, the CDC team concluded. "Despite the considerable prevalence of chlamydia in males, the value of screening males needs to be better defined," they added.
The full report, "Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in the United States Among Persons 14 to 39 Years of Age, 1999 to 2000," was published in Annals of Internal Medicine (2007;147(2):89-96).
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.