Ghana Medical Journal

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Prevalence of genital Chlamydia and Gonococcal infections in at risk women in the Kumasi metropolis, Ghana

BK Opoku, YA Sarkodie


Objective: To study the prevalence of genital chlamydia
and gonococcal infections in women at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections in the Kumasi metropolis, Ghana.
Design: Structured interviews and clinical examination of participants and obtaining vaginal swabs to test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections.
Participants: Women aged between 18-35 years (inclusive) with a history of having at least 3 sexual acts per week and having had at least 2 sex partners in the previous 3 months and were willing to be part of the study.
Results: One thousand and seventy (1070) women participated in the study. Genital chlamydia infection was found in 4.8% of participants whilst gonococcal
infection was found in 0.9% of participants.
Conclusion: The prevalence of genital chlamydia and gonococcal infections was low in these at-risk women. The prevalence is also lower than reported in other female populations in the country.
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