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Am J Public Health. 1989 Apr;79(4):467-70.

Race and the prevalence of syphilis seroreactivity in the United States population: a national sero-epidemiologic study.

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Technical Information Services, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA 30333.

Abstract

We used the 1978 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine the prevalence of positive syphilis serologies in the US population. Analysis of risk markers--gender, age, marital status, education, income, and residence--indicates that all except gender are associated with syphilis seroreactivity, independent of race. Controlling for associated risk markers, the Black-White odds ratio of syphilis seroreactivity is 4.7 (95% CI = 2.7, 8.2). Current knowledge of racial differences in sexual and health care behavior does not explain the Black-White difference in the prevalence of syphilis seroreactivity.

PMID:
2929806
PMCID:
PMC1349978
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.79.4.467
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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