Objective: This ecological study analyses routinely collected chlamydia notification and testing data to investigate any patterns. Methods: Age and sex-specific chlamydia notification and testing rates for Victoria were calculated for the period 1998 to 2000. Results: Chlamydia notification and testing rates rose between 1998 and 2000. Notification rates were higher among women aged 15 to 24 years than men of the same age (p<0.01) and higher among 25 to 44-year-olds living in metropolitan rather than rural/regional Victoria (p<0.01). Testing rates were higher for women than men (p<0.01) and higher in metropolitan rather than rural/regional areas (p<0.01) in all groups except women aged 15-24 years. Conclusions: These increasing rates highlight that chlamydia infection represents a substantial public health problem. Implications: Although these data provide useful information showing these rates vary with age and sex, formal epidemiological prevalence and risk factor studies are required.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2003|