Factors influencing women's views on the acceptability and experience of being opportunistically screened for Chlamydia trachomatis in hospital settings

L. E. J. McMillan, J. E. Norman, K. Murray, M. E. Reid

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Abstract

A subsample of 681 women participating in a two-centred, three-setting larger (2817) prevalence study were approached and, with consent, administered a questionnaire by post or in person. The questionnaire asked about their views of opportunistic screening for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT). The study response rate was 71%. In all, 94% women reported screening should be offered and most, on a regular basis. About 91% thought men should be screened but only 47% thought they would attend. Most (89%) knew the term 'chlamydia' but fewer, (63%) knew they could catch CT more than once. This is one of the very few UK studies which has explored women's views towards the acceptability of CT screening. Results suggest the majority of women report that screening for the condition is acceptable but not all have in-depth knowledge of CT. If a screening programme is to be established more education regarding the condition is required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-825
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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