Background Information on prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis in young men attending Australian general practices is scarce.
Objective We aimed to estimate the prevalence of chlamydia in this group;
establish behaviours associated with infection, and evaluate general
practitioner follow up of positive cases.
Results Prevalence of chlamydia was 3.7% (95% CI: 2–6%, n=14/383). High
rates of risky sexual practices were observed in both chlamydia
positive and negative participants. The association between
chlamydia status and risky sexual practices however, was not
statistically significant. Treatment and notification of positive cases
were usually undertaken, but GPs did not always check that patients
had contacted sexual partners.
Conclusion We found little relationship between reported sexual behaviour and
chlamydia infection in young men. It may be appropriate to offer
screening to all at risk individuals.
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