J Med Assoc Thai 1999; 82 (6):581

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Chlamydia) Urethral Infection in Male Students in Chiang Mai: A Screening Test of Urine Deposits by Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Rugpao S Mail, Peerakome S , Rowe PJ , Tanthayaphinant O , Ward ME , Yutabootr Y

Adolescent males are considered to be an important genital chlamydia! reservoir. However,
there has been little information on urethral chlamydia! infection in Thai adolescent males. Ahout
one fourth of males who are genital chlamydia! reservoirs are asymptomatic. An appropriate means
of defining the extent of chlamydia! infection in adolescent males would be a non-invasive screening
survey, instead of the conventional method of a deep swab cell culture, which is painful. The
objectives of this study were to estimate the prevalence and to determine what factors should indicate
the use of a screening test for urethral chlamydia! infection in adolescent males residing in
Chiang Mai. Chlamydia! urethritis was detected by examining urine deposits for chlamydia! antigen
by enzyme immunoassay (EIA).
Key word : Chlamydia! Urethritis, Male Student, Screening Test, Urine Deposit, EIA

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