Purpose: To evaluate the prevalence and the behavioral and historical determinants of genital chlamydial infection among adolescent females in Hungary. Methods: A total of 214 consecutive, unselected, self-referred, sexually active, nonpregnant female individuals aged 16-20 years were evaluated by polymerase chain reaction through the use of questionnaires. Results: The prevalence of chlamydial infection within this population was 7.9%. We find that the most important correlates of chlamydial infection were at least three lifetime sexual partners (p < .005), two or more sexual partners in the preceding 3 months (p < .05), and symptoms of vaginitis (p = .002). Conclusions: The high prevalence of chlamydia in this study population may justify universal testing in Hungary.
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- Risk factor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health