S. Deblina Datta, MD; Maya Sternberg, PhD; Robert E. Johnson, MD; Stuart Berman, MD; John R. Papp, PhD; Geraldine McQuillan, PhD; Hillard Weinstock, MD, MPH
Accurate information about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases is essential to the development of screening programs that effectively reduce disease burden.
These data from the 1999–2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimate the prevalence of gonorrhea and chlamydia among the U.S. population age 14 to 39 years to be 0.24% and 2.2%, respectively. Chlamydia prevalence was highest among younger women and persons with a history of gonorrhea or chlamydia infection.
Although these are the most recently available data, they are more than 5 years old and did not permit estimation of prevalence by geographic region.
These data support current screening and treatment recommendations for chlamydia.
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Datta SD, Sternberg M, Johnson RE, Berman S, Papp JR, McQuillan G, et al. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in the United States among Persons 14 to 39 Years of Age, 1999 to 2002. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:89-96. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-2-200707170-00007
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(2):89-96.
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