Setting up urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis testing in Suriname

The overall prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in a high risk population in Suriname was assessed in patients visiting the Dermatology department in the period March-August 2008 (n=200).

The overall prevalence of CT was 12.5% with 14% among men and 11% among women. Extensive typing of C. trachomatis, based on the serological differentiation of antigenic epitopes on MOMP displayed a variety of at least 9 genotypes (two D-variants) of the 13 “urogenital” pathogens dis-tinguishable in our test system.

The predominant serovars are type D/Dv (26%) and type E (26%), followed by F (17%) which is in concordance with other data regarding the percentage of urogenital syndromes caused by these serotypes.