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Important Facts for Positive Chlamydia Test

Definition

Test samples that have a positive test result for Chlamydia

Numerator

Number of individuals aged 15 to 24 tested for chlamydia with a positive result

Denominator

Number of individuals aged 15 to 24 tested for chlamydia

Data Interpretation Issues

The five largest counties in North Carolina (Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake) are not included here because they are not funded by the IPP and do not send their screening tests to the SLPH. Therefore, the state percentage excludes these five counties, which may result in a value that does not represent the actual statewide percentage. The Chlamydia screening criteria in the clinics which submit their screening tests to SLPH is to screen all sexually active women age 24 and under, regardless of risk profile.

Why Is This Important?

"Chlamydia is the most prevalent reportable STD in North Carolina. This infection can cause infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in females. In 2008, individuals under the age of 30 years accounted for approximately 85% of new chlamydia cases across the state." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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Content updated: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:28:45 EST