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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-18

STI/HIV prevalence in Sakhi Swasthya Abhiyan, Jyotisangh, Ahmedabad: A clinico-epidemiological study

1 Department of Community Medicine, BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Kesar SAL Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

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N J Talsania
Department of Community Medicine, B.J. Medical College, New Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa, Ahmedabad - 380 016
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7184.35705

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are becoming a major public health problem in India. The study was undertaken to identify different STIs/ human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in female sex workers, their co-relation with socio-demographic and behavioral factors; and also to provide treatments for symptoms. The mean age at presentation was 27.5 years for female sex workers (FSWs), and majority (64.5%) of FSWs were below 35 years. A higher proportion (75%) of the women were living with their husbands. About 88.5% of sex workers had less than two partners per day, and only 2.5% of sex workers had more than five partners per day. Forty percent received a monthly income of less than Rs. 1,000, while 6% received more than Rs. 5,000 per month. In half (49.4%) of the women, vaginal discharge was the major complaint, followed by genital ulcer, pain during intercourse, burning micturition and lower abdominal pain. HIV and VDRL reactivity were observed in 3.2% and 3.73% of subjects respectively.

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