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Sex Transm Dis. 2001 Jan;28(1):11-3.

Motorcycle taxi drivers and sexually transmitted infections in a Peruvian Amazon City.

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  • 1University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294-0007, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In Iquitos, Peru, motorcycle taxis are a common form of public transportation used both by residents and visitors.

GOAL:

To evaluate the prevalence of factors associated with sexually transmitted disease risk and of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections among motorcycle taxi drivers working in Iquitos, Peru.

STUDY DESIGN:

A convenience sample of motorcycle taxi drivers was recruited through street outreach. Participants were confidentially interviewed and provided urine specimens for gonococcal and chlamydial infection testing.

RESULTS:

A history of sexually transmitted disease (62%) or symptoms in the past year (35%) and of referral of clients to commercial sex workers (60%) was common. The prevalence of gonococcal or chlamydial infection was 3.5%.

CONCLUSIONS:

Motorcycle taxi drivers are a major means of public transportation in Iquitos, Peru, have high personal risks for sexually transmitted disease, and interface often with at-risk persons.

PMID:
11196039
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