Screening for sexually transmitted diseases during preparticipation sports examination of high school adolescents

Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Journal of Adolescent Health (Impact Factor: 3.61). 06/2003; 32(5):336-9. DOI: 10.1016/S1054-139X(03)00017-X
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In an urban school district, 636 students in grades 9-12 were tested for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae by ligase chain reaction assays using specimens collected for routine urinalyses during sports physical examinations. Chlamydia and gonorrhea prevalences were 2.8% and 0.7% among males, and 6.5% and 2.0% among females, respectively. Among athletes infected with either sexually transmitted disease (STD), 93.1% reported no symptoms, and treatment was documented for 75.9%. Sports physicals offered a unique opportunity to screen and treat adolescents for STDs and to provide STD-prevention counseling.

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