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May 8, 2002

Prevalence of Untreated Sexually Transmitted Disease

JAMA. 2002;287(18):2362-2363. doi:10.1001/jama.287.18.2359

To the Editor: Dr Turner and colleagues1 report that an estimated 7.9% of adults aged 18 to 35 years in Baltimore, Md, have untreated gonococcal infection, chlamydial infection, or both. Previous studies, using different diagnostic technologies, have also suggested a concerning rate of asymptomatic chlamydia infection,2,3 although these studies also demonstrated that the prevalence rates were quite different based on the populations chosen (eg, 27% in a women's prison compared with 2.7% in a community-based private practice).