Prevalence of genital chlamydial infection in symptomatic and asymptomatic Jordanian patients

Ziad M. Awwad, Arwa A. Al-Amarat, Asem A. Shehabi
2003 International Journal of Infectious Diseases  
Objective: To detect Chlamydia trachomatis infection among 230 patients, 130 with signs or symptoms associated with urethritis, and 100 asymptomatic patients, attending the Jordan University Hospital urology clinic. Methods: Routine urine examination and the leukocyte esterase test were done for each patient. C. trachomatis infection was detected using first-void urine specimens and a cryptic plasmid-based PCR technique specific for C. trachomatis. Results: The prevalence of chlamydial
more » ... was 4.6% among symptomatic patients with urethritis. The difference in prevalence was statistically insignificant (P > 0.05) between males and females, as well as in relation to their marital status. Two-thirds of the Chlamydia-positive patients also had urine positive for leukocyte esterase. Conclusion: The low prevalence of chlamydial infection in association with urethritis among Jordanian patients might be due to the conservative behavior of the Jordanian society towards free sexuality. Int J Infect Dis 2003; 7: 206-209
doi:10.1016/s1201-9712(03)90053-1 pmid:14563224 fatcat:b27uqp6xazbz7ikczflcgfikxa