Genotyping of Chlamydia trachomatis would improve contact tracing
2003 (English)In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ISSN 0148-5717, E-ISSN 1537-4521, Vol. 30, no 3, 205-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: The reported number of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections has increased 15% annually since 1997 in Sweden. Inaccurate partner notification might be one reason.
Goal: The goals were to determine if genotyping of C trachomatis would improve partner notification and to study the duration of infection.
Study Design: Sexual networks were constructed. C trachomatis isolates from 231 individuals attending the Örebro STD clinic during 1 year were typed by sequencing of the omp1 gene.
Results: All individuals were traced and diagnoses were established in 30 of 161 networks. More than one genotype was seen in seven networks. The mean duration of C trachomatis infection in each network was calculated to be 23 weeks.
Conclusion: Genotyping could be a useful tool in partner notification when there are discrepant or uncommon genotypes. Limited clinic catchment areas create information difficulties that obstruct accurate contact tracing.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 30, no 3, 205-210 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26459DOI: 10.1097/00007435-200303000-00005Local ID: 11007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26459DiVA: diva2:247008