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CHLAMYDIA

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY INFECTED WITH THE MOST COMMON SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION CHLAMYDIA? 

Offering women a free test kit with self collection of their specimen over the Internet for the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia resulted in substantially higher detection rates of infection than those in comparable populations seen in family planning clinics, a study by Charlotte Gaydos and colleagues at Johns Hopkins has shown.

GAYDOS:  The median age for both groups was 23 so it’s not that we screened younger women, we probably screened more risky women, women who were smart enough to know they were at risk and then who wanted to order a test to check themselves to see if they were positive, so we think that this kind of program will empower young adolescents to be more responsible for their own sexual health.  :26

Gaydos says offering the service using communication tools such as texting and the Internet helps reach this group most at risk.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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