Prevalence of Genital Chlamydia and Gonococcal Infections in at-Risk Women in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana

Abstract: 

Background To study the prevalence of genital chlamydia and gonococcal infections in women at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections in the Kumasi metropolis, Ghana. Methods Structured interviews and clinical examination of participants aged between 18 and 35 years (inclusive) were carried out. Other inclusive criteria were having at least three sexual acts per week and having had at least two sexual partners in the preceding 3 months. Vaginal swabs were also obtained to test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections. Results One thousand and seventy 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. Conclusion 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.

 

Authors: 

Opoku, Baafuor K.( College of Health Science, Lecturer)

 

Place of publication: 

Paper presented at the Clinical sciences poster session 1: Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and related syndromes, 2011.

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