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Sex Transm Dis. 2002 Nov;29(11):721-4.

Incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections among HIV-positive sex workers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Biostatistics Unit, Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa.



Improved treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is associated with decreased HIV incidence. However, the success of such programs among HIV-positive sex workers has not been shown. GOAL The goal of the study was to determine the incidence of STIs ( and infections) among HIV-positive sex workers.


A cohort of HIV-positive sex workers was treated for all STIs at baseline and observed monthly to detect and treat new infections.


Seventy-seven HIV-positive sex workers were followed up for a total of 58.1 women-years. The incidence rate per 100 women-years was 150 (CI: 120-180) infections; 66 (CI: 45-87) infections; 30 (CI: 14-42) infections; and 244 (CI: 200-280) STIs of any type.


In this cohort of HIV-positive sex workers the incidence of STIs was high, despite their participation in a prevention program comprising monthly STI treatment, counseling, and condom promotion.

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