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Association Between Enhanced Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Reductions in Sequelae Among Women.
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PMID:  22727081     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) are typically asymptomatic, but, if untreated, can lead to sequelae including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and ectopic pregnancy. The objective was to describe trends of these sequelae in Philadelphia after implementing citywide screening in a high-morbidity population (>6% positivity).
METHODS: In this ecologic study, which used data from 1996 to 2007, multivariable linear regression analysis was used to assess the association between the number of annual CT/GC screening tests by gender and the number of women aged 14-30 years hospitalized for PID or ectopic pregnancy. A standardized hospitalization database provided the number of admissions with a discharge diagnosis of PID or ectopic pregnancy. Positive CT/GC laboratory results reported by hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) were used as a proxy for outpatient PID.
RESULTS: Between 1996 and 2007, CT/GC screening increased by 188%, whereas declines were noted in hospitalized PID cases (36%, -173 cases), ectopic pregnancy (38%, -119 cases), and ED-diagnosed CT/GC cases (39%, -727 cases). Screening 10,000 females for CT/GC corresponded with 26.1 fewer hospitalized PID cases (95% confidence interval 11.2-41.1), whereas screening 10,000 males corresponded to 10.4 (95% CI: 2.6-18.2) fewer cases. Although male screening was not significantly associated with ectopic pregnancy, screening 10,000 females was associated with 28.6 fewer ectopic pregnancies (95% CI: 7.4-49.8).
CONCLUSIONS: This ecologic analysis found a correlation between large-scale CT/GC screening in a high-morbidity population and reductions in hospitalized PID, ectopic pregnancies, and ED-diagnosed CT/GC.
Greta L Anschuetz; Lenore Asbel; C Victor Spain; Melinda Salmon; Felicia Lewis; E Claire Newbern; Martin Goldberg; Caroline C Johnson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-02-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1879-1972     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc Health     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102136     Medline TA:  J Adolesc Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. All rights reserved.
Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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