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J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2001 Feb;14(1):25-7.

Is there a seasonal variation in gonorrhea and chlamydia in adolescents?

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Allegheny General Hospital, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, 7th Floor South Tower, 320 E. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To determine if a seasonal variation exists in gonorrhea and chlamydia in female adolescents. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPASNTS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 604 sexually active adolescent females 21 years of age and younger in a teen pregnancy prevention clinic in a small Midwestern city. Positive gonorrhea and chlamydia tests were evaluated for seasonal variation. Chi-square, odds ratios, and 95% confidence intervals were calculated.

RESULTS:

A greater percentage of tests were positive in the fall than in other seasons (P = 0.028), and there was a trend towards more cases in the summer than winter and spring.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increased emphasis should be placed on prevention and screening during summer and fall.

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11358703
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