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West Indian Med J. 2008 Sep;57(4):398-402.

Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis/Neisseria gonorrhoeae and human papilloma virus among women-at risk in the Aegian region of Turkey, and their knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

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Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Celal Bayar University Medicine Faculty, Manisa-Turkey. horugazi@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of selected sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the level of knowledge and attitudes regarding HIV/AIDS among Turkish brothel based sex-workers (SWs).

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

A pre-designed questionnaire was administered to 199 SWs to obtain their sexual behaviours and their level of knowledge of HIV/AIDS. The specimens collected for C trachomatis/N gonorrhoeae and human papillomavirus (HPV) were tested using Gen-Probe PACE 2 and HPV-screening assays, respectively.

RESULT:

Aproximately sixty-seven per cent of the SWs knew that condoms afforded protection against HIV/AIDS and 62% reported continued use of condoms. Although most of the SWs had heard about HIV/AIDS, thorough knowledge of transmission and prevention was lacking. The overall estimated rates for C trachomatis/N gonorrhoeae and HPV were 18.6% and 9.7%, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

There is a need for further studies to generate more data on the prevalence of STDs and the knowledge of STDs in this population.

PMID:
19566023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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