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Genitourin Med. 1991 Apr;67(2):133-6.

Prevalence of sexually transmitted pathogens among women attending a methadone clinic in Israel.

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Beilinson Medical Center, Petah Tikva, Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the prevalence of sexually transmitted pathogens in drug-addicted women in Tel Aviv, Israel.

DESIGN:

A prospective study conducted between March and July 1987.

SETTING:

A methadone clinic in Tel Aviv, Israel.

SUBJECTS:

Sixty four asymptomatic female drug addicts were studied; 38 of them were declared practising prostitutes.

METHODS:

Cervical specimens were obtained for cultures, and blood samples were drawn for serological tests. Demographic data and sexual histories were obtained using a standard questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Chlamydia trachomatis was detected in the cervix of 25% of women; 98% had antibody titres (greater than 1:64). Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum were isolated in 57% and 65% respectively. Gardnerella vaginalis was detected in 17% of women, and herpes simplex virus was cultured from two prostitutes. Five per cent of women were carriers of HBsAg, while 57% had HBSs and/or HBc antibodies. Only one prostitute had specific treponemal antibodies. In no case were gonococci or group B streptococci isolated, and HIV serology was invariably negative.

CONCLUSION:

Chlamydia and genital mycoplasmas appear to be the prevailing pathogens in Israeli drug-addicted women, while gonococci and Treponema pallidum occur only rarely.

PMID:
2032707
PMCID:
PMC1194648
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