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Does Nonmetropolitan Residence Impact Timely Chlamydia Treatment in Massachusetts?

Yoon, Jungwon, MD*; Elder, Heather R., PhD, MPH; Hawrusik, Rebecca, MS; Klevens, R. Monina, DDS, MPH; Roosevelt, Kathleen A., MPH; Hsu, Katherine K., MD, MPH†§

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000828
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A mean of 4.5 days until treatment was documented in a subset of reported laboratory-confirmed Massachusetts chlamydia cases selected for active case report form completion. Treatment delay was associated with longer test result turnaround time, and absence of symptoms or contact to sexually transmitted disease. Nonmetropolitan versus metropolitan residence did not appear to impact treatment time.

In a subset of reported laboratory-confirmed Massachusetts chlamydia cases, treatment delay was associated with longer test result turnaround time, and absence of symptoms or contact to sexually transmitted disease. Nonmetropolitan versus metropolitan residence did not appear to impact treatment time.

From the *Metro Infectious Diseases Consultants, LLC, Davenport, IA;

Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jamaica Plain, MA;

Tufts Health Plan, Watertown, MA; and

§Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

Conflict of Interest and Sources of Funding: None declared.

Correspondence: Jungwon Yoon, MD, Metro Infectious Disease Consultants, 4424 Welcome way, Suite 1, Davenport, IA 52806. E-mail: jungwon1103@gmail.com.

Received for publication September 24, 2017, and accepted February 22, 2018.

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