Prevalence of and risk factors for sexually-transmitted infections in hidden female sex workers

Medecine et maladies infectieuses 39(12):909-13, 2009 Dec 
 
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OBJECTIVES: We wanted to determine the age-specific prevalence of selected sexually transmitted infections while assessing the risk factors among hidden female sex workers (HFSW). METHODS: One hundred HFSW over 15 years of age were recruited in an impoverished area of Antananarivo, Madagascar. After oral informed consent, blood and endocervical swabs were tested for specific antigens, antibodies, and pathogens using molecular, serologic, and microscopic examinations. A risk factor analysis was conducted with odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals. RESULTS: Thirty-two percent, 27, 12, and 7% of HFSW were infected respectively with Trichomonasvaginalis, Neisseriagonorrhoeae, Chlamydiatrachomatis. Specific antibodies against, syphilis were detected in 11%. None were HIV-positive. The main factors associated with STI were: young age, being married, lower education level, early age for first intercourse, and a history of genital infection.
Medecine et maladies infectieuses 39(12):909-13, 2009 DecWho cited this? | PubMed ID: 19269760 | Fulltext
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