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Prevalence and Risks of Syphilis among Commercial Sex Workers in Georgetown, Guyana

The study investigates the sexual health practices and constraints faced by persons involved in commercial sex in Guyana. The study only had syphilis in two (2.9%) of the five (7.1%) reactive VDRL cases indicated prior history of syphilis infection. It was also found that (54.3%) of participants always used condoms while (74.3%) did not use drugs and only 2.9% consumed alcohol every day. The participants had a fair KAP towards syphilis but few misconceptions exist. Stigma and discrimination was identify as the major constraint faced by the male sex workers and 97.1% of CSW indicated that they preferred giving up sex work.


Objective: To determine the KAP and prevalence of syphilis and to investigate the sexual health practices and constrains involved among commercial sex workers (CSWs) in Guyana.

Methods: The participants were randomly selected from CSWs participating in support group meetings held in Georgetown and Berbice. The survey was cross sectional and SPSS was used to perform the data analysis.

14 Apr, 2015
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e-Published: 04 Jun, 2015


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Intravaginal Cleansing among Women Attending a Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica

Intravaginal cleansing is associated with poor health outcomes. Based on female sexually transmitted infection clinic patients in Jamaica, this study found that intravaginal cleansing was common, performed to promote general hygiene, and positively associated with having more than one sexual partner.


Objectives: Although common worldwide, intravaginal cleansing is associated with poor health outcomes. We sought to describe intravaginal cleansing among women attending a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic in Jamaica.

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e-Published: 09 Apr, 2013
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