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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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CAVALCANTE, Natalia dos Santos et al. Syphilis in female sex workers: an epidemiological study of the highway system of the state of Pará, northern Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2019, vol.52, e20180064.  Epub Mar 18, 2019. ISSN 0037-8682.


Female sex workers (FSWs) are considered a bridge for transmission of pathogens from high-risk to general populations. We assessed the epidemiological status of syphilis in FSWs along the Pará highway system.


Two hundred and twenty-two FSWs were interviewed and samples were analyzed using rapid qualitative tests and real-time polymerase chain reaction.


The prevalence of syphilis was high (36.94%). The high rate of prostitution, use of illicit drugs, and search for financial resources increased Treponema pallidum transmission through unprotected sex.


Several characteristics of FSWs were identified, which reinforce the need for measures guaranteeing their health and protection.

Keywords : Epidemiology; Syphilis; Female sex workers.

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