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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-13

Genital chlamydia trachomatis infection among female undergraduate students of University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port Hartcourt Teaching Hospital, River State, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Niger Delta University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
A Ugboma Henry Arinze
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.128147

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Background: Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide. There is little information about this infection in Nigeria. This study determined the prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection among female undergraduates of University of Port Harcourt and identify the various associated risk factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional prospective study of 354 female students was done. Their socio-demographic characteristics and pattern of sexual behaviour was noted followed by collection of endocervical swab which was analysed with a Chlamydia Rapid Test Device. Data management was done by SPSS version 17.0 statistical package. Result: The prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection was 30.2%. First coital exposure at14 years or less had the highest prevalence of the disease. Multiple sexual partners, tribe and inconsistent use of condom were significantly related with Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Conclusion: Genital Chlamydia trachomatis is prevalent among female undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt.


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