Reattendance and chlamydia retesting rates at 12 months among young people attending Australian general practice clinics 2007-10: a longitudinal study

Emma R Weaver, Anna L Bowring, Rebecca Jane Guy, Caroline Van Gemert, Jane Simone Hocking, Douglas Boyle, Tony Merritt, Clare Heal, Phyllis Min-Yu Lau, Basil Donovan, Margaret Elena Hellard

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Abstract

Background Clinical guidelines commonly recommend annual chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis) testing in young people. General practice (GP) clinics can play an important role in annual testing, as a high proportion of young people attend these clinics annually; however, little is known about the timing of attendance and testing in this setting. Methods: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood-Borne Viruses system extracted consultation and pathology data on 16-29-year-olds attending 25 GP clinics in 2007-10. We calculated the proportion of individuals with an initial negative test that reattended at 12 months (?3 months) and retested at 12 months (?3 months). Individuals with an initial positive test were excluded, as guidelines recommend retesting at 3 months. Results: Among 3852 individuals who had an initial negative test, 2201 (57.1 ) reattended at 12 months; reattendance was higher among females (60.8 ) than males (44.1 ; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366 - 369
Number of pages4
JournalSexual Health
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Weaver, E. R., Bowring, A. L., Guy, R. J., Van Gemert, C., Hocking, J. S., Boyle, D., Merritt, T., Heal, C., Lau, P. M-Y., Donovan, B., & Hellard, M. E. (2014). Reattendance and chlamydia retesting rates at 12 months among young people attending Australian general practice clinics 2007-10: a longitudinal study. Sexual Health, 11(4), 366 - 369. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH14079