An Exploration of introducing a chlamydia screening programme to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Gareth Mark Jones
Ye Jin Kang

Abstract

Chlamydia trachomatis is a common STI that is often asymptomatic, and can only be diagnosed through a screening test. Despite acute infection being asymtpoamtic, long term consequences of untreated CT infection can lead to infertility in men and women, increased risk of ectopic preganancy, and the economic burden of the long-term impacts far outweigh the cost of testing and treatment. Despite this, there is currently no concentrated CT screening programme in the DPRK, a region that is indicated to have high STI rates, including CT. Taking into account prevalency, the geopolitical situation of the DPRK, and the cost per positive test, this paper explores whether or not a CT screening programme would be cost-effective in the DPRK.

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Keywords:
chlamydia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, sexual and reproductive health
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Reviews
How to Cite
Jones, G. M., & Kang, Y. J. (2021). An Exploration of introducing a chlamydia screening programme to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Columbia University Journal of Global Health, 10(2). Retrieved from https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/jgh/article/view/6954