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Spring 2000, Vol. 8 No. 1

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (2000) 8, 4-8

Original Article

Genital Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection in Commercial Sex Workers Attending a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic in Hong Kong

KH Mak

A retrospective study of genital chlamydial infection in 400 female commercial sex workers who attended the Yau Ma Tei female Social Hygiene Clinic in 1998 showed an overall prevalence rate of 8%, with a preponderance for young adults and adolescents (age<24). Chlamydia trachomatis was the most commonly detected sexually transmitted pathogen. The majority of chlamydia-positive patients were asymptomatic and one-eighth of them had no cervicitis clinically. Risk factors found to be associated with chlamydial infection included young age and concurrent gonococcal infection. The high prevalence of chlamydial infection in commercial sex workers indicates the need for enhanced screening strategies and public education.