Sexually transmitted disease management in Uganda's private-for-profit formal and informal sector and compliance with treatment.


Jacobs, B; Whitworth, J; Kambugu, F; Pool, R; (2004) Sexually transmitted disease management in Uganda's private-for-profit formal and informal sector and compliance with treatment. Sexually transmitted diseases, 31 (11). pp. 650-4. ISSN 0148-5717 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.olq.0000143087.08185.17

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the Ugandan private sector clinics and drug shops. STUDY: Men with urethral discharge who had consulted clinics (264) or drug shops (141) for treatment in 5 districts were interviewed using a precoded questionnaire 1 to 3 weeks after initiation of treatment. RESULTS: Seventy-seven percent of patients sought treatment within 1 week of onset of symptoms but only 7% were properly managed (treated according to National Guidelines, told to use a condom or abstain, and to refer their partner). The reported cure rate was 47% and only 9% were treated according to National Guidelines. Eighteen percent of patients used condoms during treatment, 36% persuaded their partner to go for treatment, and 87% completed the recommended treatment course. Of patients not reporting cure, 56% would still recommend the treatment to a friend. CONCLUSION: Quality of STD management by private providers is poor. Improvement should occur concurrently at public and private facilities. Possible strategies include training and social marketing of prepackaged treatment for STDs.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 15502671
Web of Science ID: 224707300003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/13915

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