Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Young black and Hispanic women may be screened at higher rates for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia than young white women

In a study of 40,000 young women ages 14 to 25, researchers found that more black and Hispanic young women were tested for chlamydia compared with white young women - the numbers were 65%, 72% and 45%, respectively. Black young women were 2.7 times as likely and Hispanic women were 9.7 times as likely to be screened for the diseased as their white counterparts. When researchers looked at screenings based on public or private insurance status only, they found that young black and Hispanic women still had a greater chance of being screened than young white women.

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