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Screening for chlamydia trachomatis : barriers for homeless young people

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posted on 2007-05-01, 00:00 authored by D Henning, A Ryan, L Sanci, Patricia Dunning
Objective: The study explored homeless young people's knowledge and attitudes of Chlamydia trachomatis (Chlamydia) and its screening.

Design: Semi-structured interviews using focus groups.

Setting: An inner city clinic for homeless young people.

Subjects: Homeless young people aged 16-26 years.

Outcomes: Perceptions of Chlamydia and its screening.

Results:
19 males and 6 females aged 16-26 years participated. Content analysis confirmed a lack of knowledge, prior education and misinformation about Chlamydia and barriers to being screened. Ideas for informing young people about Chlamydia included advertising on billboards, in free newspapers, and improved school sex education programs.

Conclusions:
Homeless young people have poor knowledge of Chlamydia and its screening and barriers to the screening process. Culturally-specific education and health promotion programs and services are needed.

History

Journal

Australian journal of advanced nursing

Volume

24

Issue

3

Season

Mar-May

Pagination

8 - 13

Publisher

Australian Nursing Federation; RMIT Publishing

Location

[South Melbourne, Vic.]

ISSN

0813-0531

eISSN

1447-4328

Language

eng

Notes

Reprinted with permission of the AJAN

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2007, Australian Nursing Federation & RMIT Publishing

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