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The Direct Cost of Chlamydial Infections: Estimates for the Employer-Sponsored Privately Insured Population in the United States, 2003–2007

Owusu-Edusei, Kwame Jr PHD; Doshi, Sonal R. MS, MPH; Apt, Betty S. BA; Gift, Thomas L. PHD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: August 2010 - Volume 37 - Issue 8 - p 519-521
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181d73e4c

Claims data between 2003 and 2007 were used to estimate the direct medical cost per case of chlamydial infections. Estimated total cost per episode for those who were treated was $142 (male, $157; female, $141). This estimate does not include intangible cost, lost productivity, and the cost of potential sequelae.

The estimated total direct cost per case of medical care for chlamydial infections for the insured population in the United States was $142.

From the Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

The authors thank Charlotte K. Kent, PhD, for her critical review of the final manuscript.

The findings and conclusions in this manuscript are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mention of company names or products does not imply endorsement by CDC.

Correspondence: Kwame Owusu-Edusei, Jr., PhD, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS E-80, Atlanta, GA 30333. E-mail:

Received for publication September 25, 2009, and accepted January 31, 2010.

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