Chlamydia screening--Australia should strive to achieve what others have not

Med J Aust. 2008 Jan 21;188(2):106-8. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01533.x.


Chlamydia screening programs overseas have failed to reduce chlamydia prevalence despite screening 20%-30% of young sexually active women. The Australian federal government announced in 2005 that it would provide $12.5 million for chlamydia control. Policymakers must look to chlamydia screening programs in other countries to learn from their experience. Australia has an excellent primary health care system and a strong track record in establishing highly successful public health programs. This experience places it in a strong position to design and implement an innovative chlamydia screening program to reduce chlamydia prevalence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Chlamydia Infections / prevention & control*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Models, Biological
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Vaginal Smears