Motorcycle taxi drivers and sexually transmitted infections in a Peruvian Amazon city

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  • Background: In Iquitos, Peru, motorcycle taxis are a common form of public transportation used both by residents and visitors. Goal: To evaluate the prevalence of factors associated with sexually transmitted disease risk and of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections among motorcycle taxi drivers working in Iquitos, Peru. Study Design: A convenience sample of motorcycle taxi drivers was recruited through street outreach. Participants were confidentially interviewed and provided urine specimens for gonococcal and chlamydial infection testing. Results: A history of sexually transmitted disease (62%) or symptoms in the past year (35%) and of referral of clients to commercial sex workers (60%) was common. The prevalence of gonococcal or chlamydial infection was 3.5%. Conclusions: Motorcycle taxi drivers are a major means of public transportation in Iquitos, Peru, have high personal risks for sexually transmitted disease, and interface often with at-risk persons.
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  • Paris M; Gotuzzo E; Goyzueta G; Aramburu J; Caceres CF; Crawford D; Castellano T; Vermund SH; Hook EW
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  • 11
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  • 13
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  • 28
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