Sexually transmitted infections among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in Mongolia: Potential impact on the Mongolian HIV epidemic

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Abstract

  • We conducted Mongolia's first nation-wide cross-sectional survey of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among pregnant women attending prenatal care. Among our 2000 participants, 386 (19.3%) were infected with Chlamydia trachomatis, 133 (6.7%) with Trichomonas vaginalis, 121 (6.1%) with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and 128 (6.4%) were seropositive for Treponemal antibodies. None of our participants were seropositive for HIV infection. Additionally, 605 (30.3%) of the women had at least one STI, 133 (6.7%) had a double infection, and 15 (0.8%) had a triple infection. Our results suggest that STIs are a serious problem in Mongolia. Pregnant women represent a lower-risk general population; these high STI rates suggest that at this nascent stage, the identification, treatment, and prevention of STIs as risk factors for HIV transmission are crucial in the prevention of the emerging Mongolian HIV epidemic.
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  • Amindavaa O; Kristensen S; Pak CY; Khalzan D; Chultemsuren B; Randall AS; Mikolon A; Lkhamsuren E; Tulgaa K; Chimeddorj B
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  • 153
  • End Page

  • 157
  • Volume

  • 16
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  • 2