Surveillance systems for sexually transmitted diseases in Switzerland

Zwahlen, Marcel; Spoerri, Adrian; Gebhardt, Martin; Mäusezahl, Mirjam; Boubaker, Karim; Low, Nicola (2007). Surveillance systems for sexually transmitted diseases in Switzerland. Sexually transmitted diseases, 34(2), pp. 76-80. Philadelphia, Pa.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/01.olq.0000223248.96376.3b

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BACKGROUND: In Switzerland (population 7.4 million), 3 different systems contribute to surveillance for sexually transmitted infections. GOAL: The goal of this study was to compare time trends from surveillance systems for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. STUDY DESIGN: We studied surveillance data (1997-2003) from laboratory reports in women and men, men attending dermatology clinics, and women attending gynecologists. RESULTS: Laboratory reports of episodes of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae increased by 31% (from 2573 to 3449 cases) and 104% (from 259 to 528 cases), respectively. Over the same period, chlamydia reports from men attending dermatology clinics and women attending gynecologists did not change and dermatology clinic-based reports of gonorrhea in men increased only slightly. Syphilis reports from dermatology clinics increased by 127% (from 22 to 50 cases). CONCLUSIONS: Increases in laboratory reports of chlamydia and gonorrhea were not consistently detected in sentinel populations. Numbers of cases reported to all 3 systems were low. The performance of surveillance systems for sexually transmitted infections should be evaluated regularly.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

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Spörri, Adrian, Low, Nicola






Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




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04 Oct 2013 14:54

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05 Dec 2022 14:16

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