Should all sexually active young women in Hungary be screened for Chlamydia trachomatis?

Tibor Nyári, Mark Woodward, L. ászló Kovács

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Abstract

Objective: Cost-effectiveness analysis was carried out to develop screening strategy for Chlamydia trachomatis to assess the possibility of preventing pelvic inflammatory disease and its sequelae. Study design: An 18 months epidemiological study of prevalence of chlamydial infection among pregnant women was carried out in Hungary. Results: The policy of testing and treating was less cost-effective than neither testing nor treating, unless the cost of the diagnostic test were less than or equal to US$ 10, or the prevalence of infection in women were greater than 8.3. Conclusions: Since the prevalence of chlamydial infection amongst 15-24 years old women in this study was 8.0%, the cost of screening in Hungary only barely outweighs the benefit in economic terms. Given the undesirable potential consequences of the infection, it is thus recommended that Hungarian clinicians should screen all young, sexually active women for C. trachomatis at the same time as they perform routine pelvic examinations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2003

Keywords

  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Perinatal mortality
  • Preventive care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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