Age-bridging among young, urban, heterosexual males with asymptomatic Chlamydia trachomatis

Jacky M. Jennings, Robert F. Luo, Laura V. Lloyd, Charlotte Gaydos, Jonathan M. Ellen, Cornelis A. Rietmeijer

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of age-bridgers among urban males aged 14-24 years, asymptomatically infected with chlamydia and to determine factors that distinguish age-bridgers from non age-bridgers. An index was defined as an age-bridger if within 2 months, he had had at least two sexual partners who differed from him in age by ≥2 years. Methods: Infected males provided data about themselves and up to four sexual partners in the past 2 months. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression was used in the analysis. Results: The prevalence of age bridging was 21% in Baltimore and 26% in Denver. In both cities, in bivariate analysis, age-bridgers and their partners engaged in significantly more risky sexual behaviours. In adjusted multivariable analysis after controlling for number of sexual partners, age bridging was associated with having a sexual partner in the past 2 months, who, at time of last sexual intercourse, was drinking. Conclusion: Age-bridgers represented major proportions of the study populations and, along with their sexual partners, were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviours. Male age-bridgers may be key players in the transmission of sexually transmitted infections among youth linking age-disparate sexual networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-141
Number of pages6
JournalSexually transmitted infections
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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