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Title: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2002.
Authors: Vandepitte, Judith M
Malele, Faustin
Kivuvu, Dieu-Merçi
Edidi, Samuel
Muwonga, Jérémie
Lepira, François
Abdellati, Said
Kabamba, Joelle
Van Overloop, Catherine
Buvé, Anne
Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, STD/HIV Research & Intervention Unit, Antwerp, Belgium. jvdpitte@itg.be
Citation: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2002. 2007, 34 (4):203-8notSex Transm Dis
Journal: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Issue Date: Apr-2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10144/40196
DOI: 10.1097/01.olq.0000233743.57334.6a
PubMed ID: 16878053
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among female sex workers (FSWs) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2002. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among FSWs presenting for the first time at the STI clinic of Matonge, Kinshasa. The women were interviewed about sociodemographic characteristics, type of sex work, and sexual behavior. Blood was taken for HIV, syphilis, and herpes simplex virus type 2 serology. Vaginal secretions were collected on swabs for the diagnosis of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. RESULTS: The overall HIV prevalence was 12.4% but varied within the different categories of FSWs: 11.8% in hotel-based, 24.0% in home-based, and 20.0% in street-based FSWs; 10.0% in homeless FSWs; and 6.6% in Masquées (clandestine sex workers). The overall herpes simplex virus type 2 seroprevalence was 58.5%. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of HIV and other STIs seems to have stabilized since the beginning of the project in 1988.
Language: en
MeSH: Adolescent
Adult
Child
Cross-Sectional Studies
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Female
HIV Infections
Humans
Prevalence
Prostitution
Risk Factors
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
ISSN: 0148-5717
Rights: Published by Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins - Archived on this site by kind permission Wolters Kluwer
Appears in topics: STDs

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