a major cause of infertility. Chlamydia rates for Hawai'i
have increased significantly since 1990 (the first year
for which these data were available), rising sharply
since 1997. Hawai'i surpassed the U.S. rate in 1999.
This increase may be due in part to new and expanding
chlamydia prevention programs that identify more cases
by focusing on screening, early detection, and treatment.
28 among all states for its rate of 430 new cases of chlamydia per
Chlamydia by Gender and Age Group:
The chlamydia rate for females aged 15 and above is over
2 times that of males in the same age group. This is
due in large part to the fact that chlamydia is easier
to diagnose in women than it is in men. Among age groups,
the highest rates are for those age 20 to 24.