The majority of people with chlamydial infection are asymptomatic.
Test for chlamydia if:
"The STI burden in New Zealand is considerable by international standards; in addition, rates in the Midlands region are higher than the national average. This burden is not borne equitably, with young people and those of Maori & Pacific ethnicities over-represented amongst chlamydia and gonorrhoea cases. Maori and Pacific peoples are 2.5-3 x more likely to test positive for chlamydia and gonorrhoea than those of European ethnicity (ESR 2014). This reflects broader determinants of health and well-being. For example, other concerns that disproportionately affect Maori (such
as poverty, mental health issues, alcohol use, non-consensual sex and childhood abuse) all independently correlate with STI risk behaviour. Also, non-Maori are more likely to be advantaged in terms of access to effective health promotion and knowledge, STI prevention including condoms, timely testing for STIs and effective STI treatment including partner management, all of which are
important steps in the STI prevention and care pathway.
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