Marital violence and sexually transmitted infections among women in post-revolution Egypt.


Vyas, S; (2017) Marital violence and sexually transmitted infections among women in post-revolution Egypt. Sexual & reproductive healthcare, 13. pp. 68-74. ISSN 1877-5756 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2017.06.002

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Abstract

To explore the relationship between past year physical or sexual partner violence against women and women's self-report of sexually transmitted infection (STI) symptoms in post-revolution Egypt; and to examine the effects of men's and women's risky sexual behavioural characteristics and structural dimensions of poverty and gender inequality on this relationship. This study uses the nationally representative cross-sectional demographic and health survey data conducted in 2014. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess the relationship between past year partner violence and self-report of STI symptoms among currently married women. women's self-report of STI was based on their responses to three questions; whether in the past year they had: got a disease through sexual contact?, a genital sore or ulcer?, or a bad smelling abnormal genital discharge? Women who gave an affirmative response to one or more of these questions were assumed to self-report STI. Almost one-third of women self-reported symptoms of STI. Fourteen percent of women reported they had experienced physical or sexual violence by a male partner in the past 12months. Abused women had a 2.76 times higher odds of self-reported STI symptoms (95% CI 2.25-3.38). The significant relationship between self-reported STI and past year partner violence against women did not alter when adjusting for men's and women's behavioural characteristics and factors related to poverty and gender inequality. Public health interventions that address women's sexual and reproductive health need to consider violence response and prevention strategies.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 28844360
Web of Science ID: 411305800010
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4293861

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