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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

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.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0064-2018.

INTRODUCTION:

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.

METHODS:

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

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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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