Sexually transmitted infections and sexual practices in injection drug users and their regular sex partners in Chennai, India.


Panda, S; Kumar, MS; Saravanamurthy, PS; Mahalingam, P; Vijaylakshmi, A; Balakrishnan, P; Kantesh, B; Tamby, PA; Jabbar, S; Rangaiyan, G; Flessenkaemper, S; Grosskurth, H; Gupte, MD; (2007) Sexually transmitted infections and sexual practices in injection drug users and their regular sex partners in Chennai, India. Sexually transmitted diseases, 34 (4). pp. 250-3. ISSN 0148-5717 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.olq.0000258485.23066.a6

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Measuring sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual practices in injection drug users (IDUs) and their regular sex partners. GOAL: Informing HIV intervention programs. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. RESULTS: One percent IDUs and 2% of their regular female sex partners were syphilis infected; 40% (84/211) and 38% respectively (81/211) were infected with HSV-2. 30% IDUs and 5% of their female regular sex partners were HIV positive. Serodiscordant results for syphilis and HSV-2 were noticed. Women having first sex at age<or=17 years and those who had HIV-positive IDUs as their male sexual partner had two times the odds of having any non-HIV-STI (OR 2.04; 95% CI 1.1-3.8; P=0.02 and OR 2.38; 95% CI 1.1-5.1; P=0.02 respectively) in a multivariate model. Women>or=38 years had seven times the odds of having any non-HIV-STI. CONCLUSION: Reaching out to IDUs and their female regular sex partners with modified STI management guideline and promoting women-controlled safer sex measures are needed harm-reduction measures.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Tropical Epidemiology Group
PubMed ID: 17414069
Web of Science ID: 245318400012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2240

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