Knowledge of chlamydia trachomatis among men and women approached to participate in community-based screening, Scotland, UK

Karen Lorimer, Graham Hart

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Abstract

Poor awareness and knowledge of Chlamydia trachomatis could be a barrier to uptake of screening. This study aimed to determine the level of awareness and knowledge of chlamydia among young people who were being approached in a variety of community settings and offered opportunistic screening. Men and women aged 16-24 years were approached in education, health and fitness, and workplace settings and invited to complete a self-administered questionnaire then provide a urine sample for chlamydia testing. Follow-up semi-structured interviews with 24 respondents were carried out after test results were received. Results 363 questionnaires were completed (43.5% from men). Whilst awareness of chlamydia was high, knowledge decreased as questions became increasingly focussed so that around half of respondents were unaware of the asymptomatic nature of chlamydia infections.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume10
Issue number794
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • chlamydia
  • screening
  • knowledge
  • community
  • survey

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