Sexually transmitted infections and risk factors among truck stand workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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  • OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of selected sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their risk factors among workers in and near a truck stand in Dhaka, Bangladesh. STUDY DESIGN: A random sample of 696 men and 206 women were recruited into a cross-sectional study using a census that enumerated transport agents, motor mechanics, laborers, and vendors in Tejgaon truck stand. RESULTS: The prevalence rates of syphilis (rapid plasma reagin and Treponema pallidum hemagglutination), gonorrhea (polymerase chain reaction [PCR]), and chlamydial infections (PCR) among men were 4.1%, 7.7%, and 2.3%, respectively, and among women were 2.9%, 8.3%, and 5.2%. Multivariable analysis revealed that having ≥2 sex partners in the last month, never using a condom with sex workers, and ever injecting narcotics were significant predictors of STI among men. Being never married, working as a laborer, older age, and living within the truck stand were significant predictors of practicing high-risk behaviors among men, but none predicted infection with STIs. CONCLUSIONS: Both behavioral and STI data suggest that truck stand workers should be included in the STI/HIV intervention programs. Copyright © 2007, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association All rights reserved.
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  • Alam N; Rahman M; Gausia K; Yunus MD; Islam N; Chaudhury P; Monira S; Funkhouser E; Vermund SH; Killewo J
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  • 99
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  • 103
  • Volume

  • 34
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  • 2