AffiliationHealth Information Unit, Eastern Health Board, Dr Steeven's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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CitationMcDonnell RJ et al. Health risk profile of prostitutes in Dublin. Int J STD AIDS. 1998, 9 (8):485-8
JournalInternational journal of STD & AIDS
AbstractThis study examined the health risk profile of prostitutes in Dublin. Clinical records of all 150 new prostitutes who attended a drop-in clinic for prostitutes in Dublin city during the period 1991-1997 were reviewed. Variables examined included: age, use of injectable drugs, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, hepatitis B and C status, presence of sexually transmitted disease (STD), cervical cytology. Results showed the mean age of the women was 32 years. Among those tested, 2.5% were HIV positive, 5% were hepatitis B positive, 8% were hepatitis C positive and 25% had an STD. Almost 8% were injecting drug users (IDU) with higher prevalences of HIV, hepatitis B and C compared with non-IDU (P < 0.001). The clinic has been successful in providing a health-care facility for the specific health needs of this patient cohort.
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