Feasibility and short-term impact of linked education and urine screening interventions for chlamydia and gonorrhea in male Army recruits

Christine M. Arcari, Joel C. Gaydos, M. Renee Howell, Kelly T. McKee, Charlotte A. Gaydos

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    Abstract

    Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of an intervention for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and a screening program for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections in male Army recruits. Goals: The goals of this study were to identify and treat chlamydia and gonorrhea infections in recruits, assess their perceptions of risk, and increase their STD knowledge and behavioral intentions. Study Design: Volunteers (n = 3911) entering basic training (July 1999-June 2000) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, attended an educational intervention, completed pre- and post-questionnaires, and provided a urine specimen for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening by nucleic acid amplification testing. Results: Chlamydia and gonorrhea prevalences were 4.7% and 0.4%, respectively. The mean STD knowledge score, intent to use condoms, and confidence in using condoms correctly increased (P <0.001). Participants reported increased risk perception and considered the educational program valuable (96.9%) and a learning experience (94.6%). Conclusions: A linked educational and screening program is feasible and acceptable in male Army recruits.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)443-447
    Number of pages5
    JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
    Volume31
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Dermatology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Microbiology (medical)
    • Infectious Diseases

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