Prostitutes are a major reservoir of sexually transmitted diseases in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Prostitutes are a major reservoir of sexually transmitted diseases in many developing nations. In Nairobi we found that 16%, 28%, and 46%, respectively, of upper-, middle-, and lower-social strata prostitutes were infected with Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Genital ulcers and infections with Haemophilus ducreyi were more prevalent among prostitutes of the middle and lower social strata. A group of 97 prostitutes of the lower social strata were followed longitudinally to determine the rate of reinfection with N. gonorrhoeae. The mean time to acquisition of a new infection was 12.0 +/- 9.2 days. These results show that in Nairobi prostitutes are a readily identifiable group of high-frequency transmitters of gonococcal infection. Strategies based on intervention in the prostitute reservoir could prove to be an effective means of control of gonococcal infections in developing nations.
CitationSex Transm Dis. 1985 Apr-Jun;12(2):64-7.
University of Nairobi,Department of Medicine
- Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)