High prevalence of asymptomatic STDs in incarcerated minority male youth

A case for screening

Robert P. Pack, Ralph DiClemente, Edward W. Hook, M. Kim Oh

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Background and Objectives: To assess STD prevalence among a sample of incarcerated minority male youth in a southern US city. Methods: A consecutive entrant, cross-sectional study of 284 minority males 14 to 18 years was performed. All adolescents were screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia using ligase chain reaction tests. Results: Eighteen percent of youth were identified as having either gonorrhea, chlamydia, or both. Approximately 84% of those with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) self- reported having no symptoms. Failure to use condoms in the past month was significantly associated with a positive test result for STDs (odds ratio = 1.9, 95% CI = 1.1-3.3). Conclusions: The findings indicate an urgent need for routine STD screening and STD-prevention programs for adolescent males in detention facilities. A study of 284 detained black male adolescents revealed 18% prevalence of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or both. Approximately 84% of those with sexually transmitted diseases self-reported not having symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-177
Number of pages3
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Chlamydia
Gonorrhea
Ligase Chain Reaction
Condoms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Odds Ratio

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  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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High prevalence of asymptomatic STDs in incarcerated minority male youth : A case for screening. / Pack, Robert P.; DiClemente, Ralph; Hook, Edward W.; Oh, M. Kim.

In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vol. 27, No. 3, 01.01.2000, p. 175-177.

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