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Assessment of Chlamydia trachomatis infection among Eastern European and West African women immigrants in South Italy
  1. Maria Lina Tornesello1,
  2. Nicoletta de Rosa2,
  3. Filomena Sarappa1,
  4. Luigi Buonaguro1,
  5. Roberto Piccoli2,
  6. Franco M Buonaguro1
  1. 1Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology and AIDS Reference Centre, Department of Experimental Oncology, National Cancer Institute, “Fond. Pascale”, Naples, Italy
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Pathophisiology of Human Reproduction, University of Naples, “Federico II”, Naples, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Franco M Buonaguro, Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology and AIDS Reference Centre, National Cancer Institute ‘Fondazione Pascale’, Cappella Cangiani, I-80131 Naples, Italy; fmbuonaguro{at}

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Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection with an estimated incidence of 50 million cases in the world.1 The infection may remain asymptomatic or, if not treated, can lead to severe clinical manifestations including acute urethral syndrome, urethritis, bartholinitis, cervicitis, upper genital tract infections and perihepatitis.2 Despite the recognised need for early diagnosis and treatment of C trachomatis and other curable sexually transmitted infections, the strategies for detection of these infections are currently limited, …

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  • Funding This study was funded by the Ministero Salute Programma Integrato Oncologia (PIO RO 4/2007), the Ministero Salute Ricerca Corrente (2011-2013) and the ICSC-World Laboratory (project MCD-2/7).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the participating institutions.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.