Epidemiology and control of rectal chlamydia infection
Supervisors: Prof. Jane Hocking, Prof. Christopher Fairley
Rectal chlamydia is an important public health problem in Australia with:
- rates rising dramatically among men who have sex with men;
- increasing evidence to suggest it is also an issue for women; and
- ongoing concern about rectal chlamydia treatment failure.
This PhD aims to investigate the epidemiology of rectal chlamydia with particular focus on treatment.
It includes a world first double-blind, randomised controlled trial to identify the most efficacious treatment (azithromycin vs doxycycline) and two systematic reviews to further our understanding about rectal chlamydia epidemiology and control.