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Geographical differences in Chlamydia trachomatis testing in 15–29 year-olds in Tasmania: Findings from a statewide laboratory data linkage study

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Stephens, N and Coleman, D and Shaw, K and Venn, A, Geographical differences in Chlamydia trachomatis testing in 15-29 year-olds in Tasmania: Findings from a statewide laboratory data linkage study, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25, (3) pp. 182-184. ISSN 1038-5282 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12316

Abstract

Clinical guidelines for testing for Chlamydia tra- chomatis (chlamydia) infection recommend annual screening of all sexually active people aged 15 to 29 years.1 Lower chlamydia testing rates have been reported in areas in Australia with less access to ser- vices.2 The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Remoteness Structure of the Australian Standard Geo- graphical Standard divides Australia into regions that share common characteristics of remoteness.3 Under the ABS structure, Tasmania has no major cities and its mainland population is classified as residing mostly in inner (65%) and outer (33%) regional areas with a small proportion (1.5%) residing in remote areas.3 Due to its small geographical size compared to other Australian states, it has been suggested that chlamydia testing rates in Tasmania are less influenced by geo- graphical location;4 however, this has not been previ- ously explored at a state-wide level. The aim of this study was to describe geographical differences in chlamydia testing in young people in regional and remote Tasmania to inform clinical practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Infectious Diseases
Author:Stephens, N (Ms Nicola Stephens)
Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
ID Code:111434
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-09-13
Last Modified:2017-12-07
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