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Table 1 Characteristics of women attending the STI clinic routinely screened for urogenital and anorectal chlamydia

From: High co-occurrence of anorectal chlamydia with urogenital chlamydia in women visiting an STI clinic revealed by routine universal testing in an observational study; a recommendation towards a better anorectal chlamydia control in women

  Indication# Fingers/toys only Without indication Total
N = 203 N = 48 N = 403 N = 654
% (n) % (n) % (n) % (n)
Age     
  ≤ 21 years 19.2 (39)** 12.5 (6)** 41.2 (166) 32.3 (211)
  22-28 years 27.1 (55) 25.0 (12) 40.0 (161) 34.9 (228)
  ≥ 29 years 53.7 (109) 62.5 (30) 18.9 (76) 32.9 (215)
Prostitutes/swingers 39.4 (80)* 66.7 (32)* 13.9 (56) 25.7 (168)
Chlamydia prevalence     
  Urogenital 9.4 (19) 4.2 (2) 12.9 (52) 11.2 (73)
  Anorectal 7.9 (16) 4.2 (2) 9.2 (37) 8.4 (55)
Anatomic site distribution chlamydia positives N = 21 N = 2 N = 53 N = 76
  Urogenital only 23.8 (5) 0 (0) 30.2 (16) 27.6 (21)
  Anorectal only 9.5 (2) 0 (0) 1.9 (1) 3.9 (3)
  Urogenital and anorectal 66.7 (14) 100 (2) 67.9 (36) 68.4 (52)
  1. *P < 0.0001 compared to without indication by Chi square test.
  2. **P < 0.0001 compared to without indication and age 29 years or older by Chi square test.
  3. #Women with indication reported anal use of fingers and/or toys in 43.3% of consultations, symptoms in 9.9%, anal sex with a steady partner in 77.3%, and anal sex with a casual partner in 42.4%.