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Ghana Med J. 2010 Mar;44(1):21-4.

Prevalence of genital Chlamydia and gonococcal infections in at risk women in the kumasi metropolis, ghana.

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Microbiology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi, Ghana.



To study the prevalence of genital chlamydia and gonococcal infections in women at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections in the Kumasi metropolis, Ghana.


Structured interviews and clinical examination of participants and obtaining vaginal swabs to test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections.


Women aged between 18-35 years (inclusive) with a history of having at least 3 sexual acts per week and having had at least 2 sex partners in the previous 3 months and were willing to be part of the study.


One thousand and seventy (1070) women participated in the study. Genital chlamydia infection was found in 4.8% of participants whilst gonococcal infection was found in 0.9% of participants.


The prevalence of genital chlamydia and gonococcal infections was low in these at-risk women. The prevalence is also lower than reported in other female populations in the country.


Chlamydia trachomatis; Kumasi metropolis; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; at-risk women

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