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Am J Public Health. 2011 Jul;101(7):1284-90. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.169631. Epub 2010 Aug 19.

Chlamydia trachomatis infection among women reporting sexual activity with women screened in Family Planning Clinics in the Pacific Northwest, 1997 to 2005.

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Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle WA 98104, USA. dsingh@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We sought to define Chlamydia trachomatis positivity among women who report sexual activity with women, a population for which sparse data on this infection are available and for whom health disparities including challenged access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, have been reported.

METHODS:

We analyzed data from 9358 family planning clinic visits with C trachomatis tests among women aged 15 to 24 years who reported sexual activity within the past year exclusively with women (WSW) or with men and women (WSMW), in the Region X Infertility Prevention Project. Characteristics were compared with women who reported sexual activity exclusively with men (WSM). Results. C trachomatis positivity among both WSW and WSMW was 7.1%, compared with 5.3% among WSM. Behavioral risks were more commonly reported by WSW and WSMW, compared with reports by WSM. Risks for C trachomatis positivity were comparable across groups and included younger age, non-White race, behavioral risks, and clinical signs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Higher C trachomatis positivity among women reporting same-sex sexual behavior supports investigation into potential explanatory factors, including sexual behaviors, biological susceptibility, routine C trachomatis screening disparities, sexual identity disclosure, and sexual network assessment.

PMID:
20724697
PMCID:
PMC3110221
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2009.169631
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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