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      Sexually transmitted diseases in prostitutes in Moshi and Arusha, Northern Tanzania.

      International Journal of STD & AIDS
      Adolescent, Adult, Female, HIV Seroprevalence, Health Education, Humans, Middle Aged, Prevalence, Prostitution, statistics & numerical data, Seroepidemiologic Studies, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, blood, epidemiology, prevention & control, Tanzania

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          Sexually transmitted diseases are thought to be important in facilitating transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. This study reports the prevalence of several sexually transmitted diseases in 106 prostitutes in Arusha and Moshi Northern Tanzania. The seroprevalence of HIV was 73% compared with 3% for local blood donors. Over half (51%) of the subjects had evidence of N. gonorrhoeae infection. Seventy-four per cent had a positive TPHA and 27% a positive RPR. Of 47 subjects tested 12 (25%) had Chlamydia trachomatis antigen detected in endocervical swabs. No significant statistical association was found between the presence of any of the STDs investigated and HIV seropositivity.

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